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One of the themes running throughout The Color Purple concerns sex roles

One of the themes running throughout The Color Purple concerns sex roles

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One of the themes running throughout  The Color Purple  concerns sex roles. Whether the problem of  sex roles focuses on Harpo and Sofia, or on Albert and Celie, or on Grady and Shug, there is always  a clear-cut sexual division of labor, and tensions usually arise when one half of the couple doesn't  like his or her "role," or duties. Likewise, in Africa, tensions arise from very similar problems  concerning sex roles. Nettie, for example, is no one's wife; she is "married" to her missionary work. The Olinka look  askance at unwed women. They hold marriage between two people to be the be-all and end-all  purpose of a woman's life. To them, Nettie is a non-person. When she, Samuel, Corrine, and the  babies arrived, the Olinka wanted to know if she were Samuel's second wife. Had she been, they  would have held her in esteem. Since she was not, they think of her as having little status. Catherine, 
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