Mrs. Reny S. Thomas

Lecturer

Deptt. Of English,

Christian College of Engineering & Technology

Bhilai, Chhattisgarh State

India

Abstract:

Alice Malsenior Walker, an iconic figure in African American literature was born to Mr. Willie Lee Walker and Mrs. Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant on 9 February 1944 at Eatonton, Georgia. Her writings bring out the agony, afflictions and struggles confronted by the African and Afro-American community due to class, race and gender discrimination both inside and outside their community.  She has written 20 novels and published a number of essays all reflecting the themes based on gender discrimination, patriarchal supremacy and imperialism of Americans. In The Color Purple, Walker portrays the drastic impact of patriarchal domination and brutalism over woman and how the female bonding facilitates them to survive such brutality. Celie, the protagonist of the novel had to bear all such slings from the age of twelve. Women supporting one another at the time of tribulation are the expression of their uniqueness. It binds them, comforts and provides them with a sense of security. Thus the concepts of sisterhood manifested in the novel aids, the protagonist for liberation. Celie’s relation and bonding with Sofia, Shug Avery and Nettie leads to her liberation from the role as ‘mule of the world’. The study emphasizes on the solidarity of African women community and how they share their responsibilities among each other irrespective of blood relation. The study also lays emphasis on the liberation of woman characters highlighted in the novel through sisterhood or female bonding.

Keywords: Sisterhood, Female bonding, Liberation, Sisterly love, Women Friendship, African Women Bonding

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Sisterhood in Alice Malsenior Walker’s The Color Purple

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