The Color Purple | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Daniel W. Ross

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of The Color Purple.
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Critical Essay by Daniel W. Ross

SOURCE: Ross, Daniel W. “Celie in the Looking Glass: The Desire for Selfhood in The Color Purple.Modern Fiction Studies 34, no. 1 (spring 1988): 69-84.

In the following essay, Ross employs psychoanalytic methods to analyze Celie's delayed emotional growth in The Color Purple and examines the catalysts that shape and encourage her progress toward self-realization and self-acceptance.

For many readers the turning point of Alice Walker's The Color Purple occurs when Celie, the principal character, asserts her freedom from her husband and proclaims her right to exist: “I'm pore, I'm black, I may be ugly, and can't cook. … But I'm here” (187). Celie's claim is startling because throughout her life she has been subjected to a cruel form of male dominance...

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