Gender Discrimination and Women’s Resistance against it in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple novel

Sholichah, Iva Riyadhus (2019) Gender Discrimination and Women’s Resistance against it in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple novel. S2 thesis, UNY.

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This research analyzed the feminist construction in a novel entitled The Color Purple written by Alice Walker using Sara Mills’ Critical Discourse Analysis (Feminist Perspective). This research aims at (1) reviewing the position of the subject, object, and reader in the novel, (2) revealing the kinds of gender discrimination discourses in the novel, and (3) revealing the kinds of women’s resistance against gender discrimination discourses in the novel. This research is a descriptive qualitative study. The instrument in this research is the researcher herself (human instrument). The data were collected through analysis of documents and material culture (Vanderstoep & Johnston, 2009: 189). The researcher took four steps, i.e., (1) careful and comprehensive reading, (2) note taking, (3) data interpreting, and (4) data categorizing. The data were analyzed using the content analysis technique. Subsequently, the data trustworthiness was measured by triangulation technique. The result of this research is described as follows. Firstly, the researcher identified that the author decided (1) Celie as the subject of the novel, (2) the issues of gender discrimination is the object discussed in the novel, (3) the reader’s position dealt with the way the author involved the readers in text, in this case by using first person point of view, the author involve the readers to sink and feel the story. Secondly, the discourses on kinds of gender discrimination felt into 5 categories, i.e., (1) marginalization: marginalization from health access, education access, and needs access. (2) subordination: arranged marriage, women are alienated in remote area, women are limited to express opinion, women are treated unfairly in a relationship, women are treated like commodity, and son preference. (3) stereotype: women are foolish, domestic, sexual object, submissive, inferior. (4) violence: physical, psychological, and sexual. (5) workloads. Thirdly, the discourses on women’s resistance against gender discrimination felt into 6 categories, i.e., (1) getting education, (2) establishing financial independence, (3) engaging sisterhood, (4) engaging lesbianism, (5) being unsubmissive, and (6) being independent. Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis, Sara Mills, Gender discrimination, Women’s resistance.

Item Type: Thesis (S2)
Subjects: Pasca Sarjana
Divisions: Sekolah Pascasarjana (SPS) > Program Pascasarjana > Linguistik Terapan
Depositing User: Perpustakaan Pascasarjana
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 03:28
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 03:28

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