Southern American Literature the Role of the Women in the Era of Alice Walker

Much of her fiction is informed by a Southern background that she had. Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia. it was a rural town where blacks worked as tenant farmers in general. When she was eight she was accidentally blinded in the right eye due to a BB gun shot by her elder brother, which somehow made her a little depressive person. She isolated herself from the other children, and as she justified, "I no longer felt like the little girl I was. I felt old, and because I felt I was unpleasant to look at, filled with shame.
She is one of the intellectually productive black women writers in America. Walker work consistently reflects her pertain with racial, political and sexual issues with black woman’s struggle for survival in particular. The first novel of Alice Walker was written: "The Third Life of Grange Copeland" (1970), again carries many of her prevalent themes, particularly the domination of powerless women by equally powerless men. In this novel, which spans the years between the Depression and the beginnings of the civil rights movement in the early 1960s, Walker showed three generations of a black sharecropping family and explored the effects of poverty and racism on their lives. Because of his sense of failure, Grange Copeland leads his wife to suicide and abandons his children to seek a better life in the North. His traits are passed on to his son, Browns-field, who in time murders his wife. At the end of the novel, Grange returns to his family a broken yet compassionate man and attempts to make up for all the hurt he has caused in the past with the help of his granddaughter, Ruth. While some people accused Walker of reviving stereotypes about the dysfunctional black family, others praised her use of intensive, descriptive language in creating believable characters.&nbsp.&nbsp.