The Condemnation of the Black Man in
The Color Purple
In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, we follow the life of a black woman, Celie, through her struggles as she grows up in California during the early 1900’s. Her father gives her away to a man he deems ‘suitable’ when she is still a young teenager and she must learn to cope with the abusive relationship forced onto her. With every man she encounters she is verbally or physically battered. Walker portrays women as needing more sympathy and ties this into her central theme-The Color Purple condemns black men. The qualities that all the black men posses are horrible and discriminative to women. Walker depicts black men as being slave drivers, unfaithful, and having neither morals nor ethics.
“When a woman marry, she spose to keep a decent house and a clean family” (19). All of the men in The Color Purple treat women as if they are objects that can be used and abused. They don’t consider them to have any feelings at all and continuously kill their spirits by driving them to the point of emotional and physical exhaustion. The women get beat for not doing the tiniest tasks, or not doing them fast enough. When Harpo married his first wife, he believed he lov
These sorts of things do not affect them, they have no moral code and therefore don"tmt recognize, or even bother to recognize, their lowly ethics. Celie experiences this firsthand when her husband Mr. Everything that mean something to Albert go in his trunk. The suitors are chosen based on how much money they have and their status in the community, not how well they will take care of their significant other. , he beats her in front of the children, scarring her forever with the embarrassment she has to endure. His father replied, "Wives is like children. He always talks about how wonderful she is and tells his kids "This woman should have been your mammy. The constant beatings, embarrassment, and degradation that the women must endure paints a picture of not only the time period, but the horrendous actions that the black men took part in, in order to make the woman feel repulsive. When he saw that she was not like other housewives, he asked his father what was wrong. They could care less if the relationship was meaningful; they just want a good-looking wife who can take care of their needs. Walker delivers her message of condemning men in such a way that the reader sympathizes with the women, while at the same time seeing how horrible the black men are. The women need to be treated more softly, more carefully.