The Color Purple | Critical Essay by M. Teresa Tavormina

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Color Purple.
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Critical Essay by M. Teresa Tavormina

SOURCE: Tavormina, M. Teresa. “Dressing the Spirit: Clothworking and Language in The Color Purple.Journal of Narrative Technique 16, no. 3 (fall 1986): 220-30.

In the following essay, Tavormina analyzes the parallels between clothing and the perception of the characters in The Color Purple, noting how Walker's characters use sewing to create a sense of accomplishment and freedom of expression.

When a message has no clothes on                     How can it be spoken? 

—Thomas Merton1

Language is the clothing of thought, the skin of the soul. The mysterious entity of self is first expressed internally, in thoughts...

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