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By Jennifer CroweAlice Walker does not like to be called a feminist Instead she prefers touse the term womanist Walker defines a womanist as being a Black FeministThe word derives from the phrase Youre acting womanish willfullor outrageous As she defines it its a woman who loves other women sexuallyor non-sexually and men sexually and non sexually Its also a womanwho loves music loves to dance and who loves her spirit Walker statesthat awoman is to feminist as lavender is to purpleSo why would I choose the book The Color Purple by Alice Walker to illustratemy views on the feminist approach to literary theory I believeThe Color Purple to be the most complex real and truthful novel I have everread Walker does not hide the harsh realities that Black woman had to orstill have to suffer However not only did Walker apply the feminist approachto literary theory she also managed to use the common sense approachThe book was written in what Alice termed as Black Folks English It wasthe kind of speech that wouldnt intimidate men and women whom she knew allher life Walker just presumes that her alien readers will understandthe language When I first began the book I had trouble understanding wordssuch as cussing p 4 and git p 68 After awhilehowever one begins to slowly unravel the language and smile at the mistakesthe characters make and how different other cultures can beWalker also believes that her opinion is right She says that she is nota feminist as such however she manages to drive the maltreatment of Blackwoman home Quotes such as he Mr beat me like he beatthe children Cept he dont never hardly beat them He say Celie gitthe belt The children be outside the room peeking through thecracks p 22 really manage to shock the readers and help uspicture the wrong that has been placed on woman in general She Sofiasay All my life I had to fight
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