Celie, the protagonist of The Color Purple, is a black woman suffered from oppression and violence of her father. The introduction of the black community serves two purposes in the text. First, it reinforces the image of Celie as both maverick and heroic figure. As a fair-complexioned black, she chooses to identify with ordinary blacks. "There are colored people in the world who want us to know! Want us to grow and see the light! They are not all mean like Pa and Albert, or beaten down like ma was" (Walker 109). Mabel Waring, the main character of The New Dress, is a middle-aged woman suffers from social alienation and rejection of the society she wants to join. This depiction of Mabel resonates with larger battle with her contemporaries in that it addresses, at least indirectly, the absurdity of denying one's identity and seeking total absorption into 'high' culture.
Rebellion against the society is the main theme which helps both author to depict strong personalities of Mabel and Celie. Walker moves the text from its major focus, Celie's coming to womanhood and self-awareness, to the oppressive relationship between the Black community and the white community. Again the novel, inserting an alternative discourse, transgresses its predetermined narrative boundaries. ...Show more