Monday, January 9, 2017

The Strength In Purple

This is my last blog post in Ms. Mayo's 2nd period English class. This semester I completed my set goal of 7 books. I'm very proud of myself because walking into this class I wanted to reignite my passion for reading as well as finding the types of books I liked and the types I didn't, and I really think I accomplished both of those things. I feel like I a discovered a specific love and appreciation for reading that I didn't have before. This semester I have read books all across the board and pushed myself outside of my reading "boundaries". I hope to carry my love for reading with me outside of the doors of this classroom.

The last book I read was The Color Purple By Alice Walker, which was my chosen AP title. This story was bone chilling and to me very disturbing... and I mean that in the nicest way possible. The way Walker wrote the book and the writing style she used to resemble the characters uneducated language is what really set this book apart from any other and what I think put this book on the pedestal on which it has earned. The story is about a young, uneducated, black women, from the south named Celie. Celie's father began to beat and rape her from the time she was only 14 years old, which was only the beginning of the hard life Celie will lead. A few years later her bad situation goes to worse when she is forced into a marriage with an older man named Albert whom also has three children from a previous marriage. Albert treats Celie as his slave, beating and raping her. One day Albert's son asks why he beats Celie and he stoically responds by saying "because she's my wife"(walker 23). This reply creates a ripple effect causing Albert's son to bring violence into his own marriage. I thought the way walker wrote Celie as a pushover and a easily manipulated young girl made this novel unbelievably heartbreaking but throughout the book you see this young girl blossom from a naive child into a hopeful adult as she overcomes the odds that were so forcefully against her.

 Overall I liked this book but I wouldn't say I'm in love. I think this book deserves the praise it has received don't get me wrong but it just wasn't my thing, But I do think her silent strength was inspiring and reminds people that no matter how hard life can get, it can always get better.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jett! I completely agree! I think the book was very moving, and inspirational for women and a great story about finding hope. However I did feel like it had a lot of mature context and felt disturbed as well.