Power Relations in the Film The Color Purple

Film / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
The paper looks at power relations in the film ” The Color Purple” as they relate to gender and race and how they manifest themselves.
“The film, The Color Purple, teems with vivid descriptions regarding the power structures of the early twentieth century, particularly those of the southern United States; upon close evaluation, the film also thoroughly illustrates concepts related to the Foucauldian and, to an extent, Althussarian interpretations of power. Since certain qualities of power are universal, such as its relationship with submission, objectives, and resistance, various exertions of power are surprisingly similar, insofar that The Color Purple’s depictions of the power relations concerning race and those that concern gender are almost identical.”


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