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‘The Color Purple’ [Alice Walker]: Essay Two {17 out of 25, 2000/2001}

An image of the second marked page of Chris Larham's essay on the characterisation techniques employed by Alice Walker in 'The Color Purple' [17 out of 25, 2000/2001].

Walker demonstrates Mr._’s arrogance through his unwillingness to acknowledge Sofia, “It sure is hot, she say. Mr._ don’t say nothing.” Mr._ is presented as somebody who has little depth in character, placing more emphasis on external- rather than internal- beauty, “He just look her up and down…Look like you done got yourself in trouble.” It is clear that Mr._ wants to knock the “bigger…stronger…ruddy looking” Sofia down to earth, and Walker shows this through the declarative, rhetorical question, “Look…trouble”.

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