The Color Purple

Celie’s journey toward self-definition in , by Alice Walker, is filled with moments of growth as well as of tragedy and abuse. Throughout her life she is mistreated and put down. While bad things continue to happen to her, Celie’s instinct to survive never fails. Through her letters to God and her younger sister Nettie, and through her relationship with Shug, Celie begins to overcome adversity and see herself as a person who has value and who deserves to be treated with respect. These are the things that Celie went through in her shruggle for survival with mister.
When the book begins, Celie is a 14-year-old girl growing up in Georgia, when she is faced with the ultimate ...

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give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me” (p. 1). The way she crosses out I am, and replaces it with I have, shows she no longer views herself as a good girl.
Unfortunately for Celie, her life continues to be filled with abusive people. Her stepfather marries her off to Mr. ____, who does not love her, respect her or treat her with any decency whatsoever. He just wants her to take care of him and his kids. She is almost like a slave to him and she feels no love for him at all. He beats and degrades her, lowering her self-worth even more. Celie’s letters to God keep her going. She is stronger than she thinks and her letters reflect her strength. In them, she never complains about her situation, she just wants to know why her life is the way it is. Her letters to God are completely honest, and in them, she can express her true feelings, fears and dreams of seeing her sister Nettie again. Another point of interest is that Celie doesn’t sign her ...

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foreign to Celie who has lived her whole life obeying men. It takes the drastic realization that Mr. ____ has been intentionally keeping Nettie’s letters from her, for Celie to change her life. She can’t imagine that he would be so knowingly cruel when he understands how much Nettie means to her. It is during this realization, that her strength grows and that she wants to be free from him forever.
Receiving Nettie’s letters and finding out that she is still alive gives Celie hope to go on in the chance that they will see each other again. Instead of writing letters to God, Celie begins to write to Nettie. Through their correspondence, Celie learns that her ...

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