Facial scarification and clitoridectomy continue among the Olinka in a vain attempt to maintain a dying culture while the economic base of the society has been completely destroyed.
When Shug leaves her for a young man, Celie is so crushed she can only communicate to Shug by writing notes: As she evolves over the forty years that the novel takes place, so do her letters evolve in nuanced observation and authority. Celie also maintains a steadfast, platonic love for Sofia.
Even though Celie is married to Albert, Shug sleeps with him in the next room. The Color Purple, then, is a story about growth, endurance, loyalty, solidarity, and joy — all nurtured by the strength of love.
While she is the protagonist of the novel, she is not the protagonist of her world — and so, she writes letters to God that no one is expected to read.
By the end of the novel, she has built a successful business, largely because she never gave in to the reality of her life, but searched for the truth beyond it.
In the ends, she finally leaves him, tired of his abuse. She never forgets that Shug taught her to enjoy and appreciate the little things in life - like the color of purple in a field. She fell in love with Albert early in life, but refused to marry him, for she felt he was weak.
He expects her to do all the work around the house, care for his rude children, and gratify his sexual needs upon demand; to make himself feel more important and in control, he regularly beats her.
Of course, her sister, Nettie, loves her, but Nettie is too young to understand what terrible things have happened to Celie.
It is Shug who teaches her about her own self-worth, making her believe in herself. Forced to live by himself without a woman to serve him, he softens, learning to care for his children, work for a living, do his own housework, love other people, and appreciate the little things in life, as Shug has taught him like she taught Celie.
Her self-worth is so miniscule that she does not even sign her own name. When he encounters a roadblock or a problem, he simply draws his way into a solution.
Hate and violence have almost killed Celie, but then she meets Shug, a woman who is able to kindle feelings of sexual love and self-love within Celie — for the first time.
She is largely uneducated; her letters to God are written in non-standard dialect. Shug simply loves people who need loving. Amazingly, Shug is only portrayed once actually singing in the novel.
Walker has called the dialect black folk language, and while it may not be polished English, it is raw and honest — and strong.
The pants she sews for Sofia have one red leg, the other purple.
Celie is entering her adolescence believing she was raped by her father and that he killed both of their children. It is Celie, survivor, who is the binder of wounds, the healer, the necessary ingredient in redemption. She reunites with Nettie and her two children, who have been raised by Nettie.
Never did Albert imagine the mental and physical sense of new health that Shug, his mistress, would bring to Celie.By the end of the novel, Celie realizes the color purple is nature and the two combined is God as well. Viewing the two as one, she grasps the feeling of joy and being free.
Symbolism takes place throughout the novel. Like. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple: The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, is a very intense book to read. By intense, it is a book touching very difficult and hard aspects of life of a poor, black oppressed woman in the early twentieth century.
May 09, · character analysis Celie The three dominant attributes of Celie's personality are strength and endurance, the ability to love unconditionally, and the constant search for truth.
Character Analysis Celie Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List When the novel opens, Celie is a young black girl living in Georgia in the. Aug 12, · Proudfit, Charles L. “Celie’s Search for Identity: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Reading of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.” Contemporary Literature 32, no.
1 (Spring, ): Proudfit offers a good example of a psychoanalytic approach to the development of Celie’s self-concept. In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the main character Celie is an ugly, poor girl who is severely lacking in self-confidence.
However, Celie transforms throughout the course of the novel and manages to realize herself as a colorful, beautiful, and proud human being.Download