How Does Alice Walker Present Ideas Of Love And Marriage In 'the Color Purple'

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Alice Walker presents her ideas of love and marriage through the character in ‘The Color Purple’ and their relationships. Each character’s perception of love and marriage differs in the prime of the novel, yet as we progress and witness the trials and tribulations they endure, we see their ideas distort and reshape, or strengthen. Throughout the novel we are given a mixed bag of types of relationships, some are love-starved, others are brimming with love and some are only short bursts of love.

From the early chapters of the novel we are given the fundamentals of the generic relationship back then; dominant male and submissive female (there is also the exception of Shug and Celie, even ...view middle of the document...

For example, Celie and Mr.______, violence was used on Mr.______’s part to ensure Celie wouldn’t step out of line and knew who was in charge of her. Love was non-existing in their relationship and only necessary so that Mr._______ had someone to care for his children, do the house chores, do labour work, and also serve as his source of pleasure. With the repeated abuse storming down on Celie her self-worth, confidence and entire persona was belittled year after year. An instance of growth in a relationship would be Celie and Shug. Shug being an advocate of being a free woman, she induced Celie with numerous pep talks and mind-altering advice to leave Mr.________. Their relationship only progresses when Celie moves to Memphis with Shug and ends up producing her own business. In the duration that they are together we see a colossal development in Celie and her to go through in the novel, there is much more involved. Aside from love, there is also the component of comprise, tough love, persistence and resilience and patience. Inside most of the marriages there is either the breakdown of a character or the build. For example, Celie and Mr.______, violence was used on Mr.______’s part to ensure Celie wouldn’t step out of line and knew who was in charge of her. Love was non-existing in their relationship and only necessary so that Mr._______ had someone to care for his children, do the house chores, do labour work, and also serve as his source of pleasure. With the repeated abuse storming down on Celie her self-worth, confidence and entire persona was belittled year after year. An instance of growth in a relationship would be Celie and Shug. Shug being an advocate of being a free woman, she induced Celie with numerous pep talks and mind-altering advice to leave Mr.________. Their relationship only progresses when Celie moves to Memphis with Shug and ends up producing her own business. In the...

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