The Color Purple: Nettie


Millions of Africans were sold into slavery by their society. After numerous generations and hard labor many African Americans recognized and cherished their ancestry. Like Nettie in The Color Purple, many lived for the moment in which they could return to their homeland -- their roots. Nettie, like so many others, realized she had an advantage of having been born in a civilized and industrialized country. She left with the missionaries to Africa in order to help "the downtrodden people from whom they sprang." (137) The Color Purple has the similarity of gender discrimination with the United States and Africa and in addition the issue of racial “importance.”
Leaving the United States, ...

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she perceived that all men treated their wives and the women in the family like possessions to be sold to the highest bidder. For the first time in her life, Nettie met a man who, not only wanted her to learn, but also had the benefit of "a wonderful marriage" (139) based on friendship and understanding.
To her great disillusionment, the situation in Africa was appalling. In some cases, the discrimination was greater than that in the United States. In the Olinka tribe they believed, "the husband had life and death power over the wife. If he accuses one of his wives of witchcraft or infidelity, she can be killed." (172) Additionally, a woman's life is centered on her husband -- responding to his every whim and desire. However, the school attendance dilemma was a direct example of male dominance. Initially, Olivia was the only girl in the school and when the question was brought about why the Olinka girls didn't attend a mother answered, "a girl is nothing to herself; only to ...

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