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  • 1. Alice Walker
  • 2. What Influenced her Writing Style?
  • 3. Her life journey influenced her writing style.  Personal life experiences as an African American woman.  African American women and their rights.
  • 4. Personal life  As a small child she was accidentally shot in her right eye and went blind in that eye as a result of the incident. (she had to find a way to deal with her loneliness).  She grew up around a violent racist environment.  She also grew up in poverty.
  • 5. African American Women Rights  Her works has been greatly influenced by her life of activism and struggles that African American experienced during slavery and the times there after she shares it in her quotes.
  • 6.  African American women had very little rights in the early 1900’s. Society looked at them as lower beings.  Even though slavery had ended, some of them were still treated like slaves.
  • 7. Quotes by Alice Walker  “There is a special grief felt by the children and grandchildren of those who were forbidden to read, forbidden to explore, forbidden to question or to know.”  I’ll try to teach my heart not to want things I can’t have”
  • 8. Quotes cont’d  “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you.”  “Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”  “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”  “Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.”
  • 9. Quotes Cont’d  “ I have learned not to worry about love, but honor its coming with all my heart.”
  • 10. Her Writings……  Wrote several novels  The Color Purple  Meridian  The Third Life of Grange Copeland
  • 11. Writings cont’d  Published numerous numbers of poetry  Once  Revolutionary Petunias and other poems  Collected Poems
  • 12. Wrote Short Stories  In Love and Trouble  You Can’t Keep A Good Women Down
  • 13.  Alice Walker uses her life experiences as a poor African American child in a discriminatory town and used her voice to speak out.  Her works influenced her writing by turning her life experiences and using them in celebrating her accomplishments of a strong African American woman.
  • 14.  Her writing has helped to bring the civil rights movement to into the forefront of society.  Although her writing style varied, her themes always connect to African American Heritage and hardships.
  • 15.  She is well known for her book “The Color Purple.  Her writing focused on African American women and human rights. She made a stand to fight for the rights of ALL women.
  • 16.  She expressed the pain and suffering she and other African American women experienced in human treatment, human sexuality, and cruelty against women.  She used her writing to expose her personal life.
  • 17.  Alice Walker uses her writing to give voice to those she felt could not be heard.  Her writings and poems expressed the wrong doing that African America women experienced from African American men.
  • 18. Alice Walker’s strengths:  Family  Self-worth  Spirituality  Community
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