English Comparative Texts HelpWatch
'The Color Purple' is a very big text. What do you mean by ignorance? Rather than considering racism and sexism as separate, I would consider how Walker explores intersectional feminism (what it means to be a black woman) which makes race and sex more cohesive. How similar do the text and film have to be? Are you looking at the novel of 'The Color Purple' or the film? Are there texts that are off limits? You could compare to a text that is more of a "middle class, white feminist" take on the world e.g. 'The House of Mirth' by Edith Wharton (as well as a lot of her other books). This text is similar in themes to 'The Great Gatsby'. This could provide an interesting comparison in terms of feminist focus / different "waves" of feminism. In 'The House of Mirth', there is a big focus on social class that is not as apparent in 'The Color Purple'. Female characters across both novels are victims in similar and different ways.
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