The Double Consciousness in The Color Purple

LUO Jian-ting
2016 US-China Foreign Language  
The Color Purple was written by the famous author Alice Walker. In the novel the author Alice Walker creates several characters to illustrate the black people's struggle in the white-dominated mainstream society. This paper focuses on the main characters in The Color Purple to explore their own identities and arouse the sense of their ethnic pride, and also attempts to answers how to overcome such distressed "duality" of black soul and how to get the fullness of the soul in the modern society.
more » ... lice was born in a poor peasant family, Georgia, in the southern USA. The poor childhood and the political movement experience gave her a strong sense of mission and sense of responsibility. She said, Because I'm black, I'm a woman, I grew up in poverty, I am a southerner, my view of the world is very different from many people view of the world. I can help people understand the view of the thing what needs to change. (Davis, 1989, p. 26) She puts racial equality and women's liberation as a lifelong career. Her works were mostly set in her familiarity with Georgia and Mississippi countryside as the background of the American south. Her novels mainly reflect black people especially effected by the social dual stress of black women and black men, love and LUO Jian-ting, lecturer, master, School of Foreign Languages, Sichuan University of Arts and Science. DA VID PUBLISHING D THE DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE COLOR PURPLE 27 hate, and show the struggle of their pursuit of self liberation and complete personality. Her work is focused on the struggles of black people, particularly women, and they live in a violent society. The Color Purple happens in the early 20th century to the eve of the second world war, and the background is the southern rural Georgia, and it is about a story of two sisters-one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South-who prove their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. As black women, they have to face the harsh reality, but they can company with each other. However, Celie is forced to marry a black man Albert, who looks down upon her, and he loves Shug very much. Nettie is Celie's sister. Albert attempts to rape her and dislodges her away so that she has to go to Africa.
doi:10.17265/1539-8080/2016.01.004 fatcat:l2y36ksjsjdv5pttlms4s53mei