Sam Lowenkron Lowenkron 1
27 August 2009
All literature is written for a reason, whether it is to entertain a reader or to present him/her with an important message. Despite differences in the setting of a novel, whether there are many characters or just one, they can present a common theme. The novels The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley both share a message dealing with voicing one’s opinions. The idea of one speaking freely and expressing their emotions and opinions is incredibly important in both books. Both Celie from The Color Purple and John from Brave New World have trouble expressing themselves in a way that is both beneficial to them and so that others will be able to understand them; by doing this they are trying to create a better life for themselves.
Since the two characters of which this theme applies live in such different worlds, their reasons for it being necessary to voice an opinion are varied as well. Celie, from the beginning, was abused by her father. He told her, “You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy” (Walker 11) Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York, NY: Washington Square Press, 1983. She never spoke out against the abuse because she was scared of what might happen. The same thing is true for the abuse she received from her husband. She never spoke up, making it easy for the people around her to take advantage of her. But Celie eventually mustered up the courage to be heard because of her friends Shug and Sofia, two of the strongest women she had ever met. Mr. ____ once told Celie, “ Shug act more manly than most men. I mean she upright, honest. Speak her mind and the devil take the hindmost. You know Shug will fight. Just like Sofia. She bound to live her life and be herself no matter what” (Walker 236). Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York, NY: Washington Square Press, 1983. Seeing the way these women got what they wanted by...