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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Quest for Selfhood and Self-Realization in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
Mr. E. Kumar, 
Department of English, 
Karpagam University, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Alice Walker deals with the oppression of black women and men. Her quest is a new identify for black women, a self — awareness which will make them self-dependent socially, emotionally and spiritually. Racial discrimination, self-identity, self-realization, violence, sexism, ancestry and civil rights — all these form the sum and substance of her work. Alice walker is the brightest star in a galaxy of black American women writers. As a fighter against social injustice, Alice walker is inspirational; as a black woman struggling with divorce and motherhood, she is engaging and emphatic. She is also the author of several collections of short stories, essays and poetry as well as children’s books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. She is regarded as a striving persona for suppressed peoples.
Selfhood; Self-Realization; Alice Walker; The Color Purple.
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