The Color Purple Essay

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Book Review
The Color Purple
As I read The Color Purple, a quote I read previously popped into my head. One from Charlotte Bunch, which reads, “We have to start looking at the world through women’s eyes’ how are human rights, peace and development defined from the perspective of the lives of women. It’s also important to look at the world from the perspective of the lives of diverse women, because there is not single women’s view, any more than there is a single men’s view. This reminds me so much of Celie in this book, and her hidden determination.
As the novel opens, Celie is a young black girl living in Georgia early in the twentieth century as women’s rights were ...view middle of the document...

She has lacked so much self-assurance that she does not even feel she is worth enough to sign her name at the end of the letters.
As a sure but slow result, Celie grows into a mature woman with great confidence, but not before her sister Nettie is taken away from her, and she marries an unkind man who really wanted to marry Nettie. For a long time in the marriage, Celie is basically a slave to her husband, until her husband's mistress comes to live with them to recuperate from a sickness, and Celie becomes her nurse. Shug is a strong woman, and encourages and helps Celie to grow stronger. At the same time, Sofia, Celie's daughter in law, shows Celie to stand up for herself and fight prejudice and injustice, and fight.
Towards the end of the novel, Celie's new strength pays off; because she is able to live happily with the people she loves in harmony. She finds and lives with Nettie and her two children, who have been raised by Nettie. Celie learned that fighting for something in her life brings great rewards. This woman not only survived the physical damage, but the mental damage she would have suffered if she did not stand up for herself.
In this book, the author Alice Walker is able to illustrate the mistreatment, abandonment, and cruelty a black woman had to go through in the early twentieth century, but she also illustrate how a woman must fight back to regain the self-esteem and confidence lost way back in the early adolescent years. It is apparent that The Color Purple is truly about love, endurance, and faith.
The character analysis of Celie is simple. At a young age, she was constantly put down and told that she was ugly and that she was worthless and soon she believed that she was really ugly and at she can best ensure her survival by making herself silent and invisible. Her letters to God are her only channel and means of individualism. To Celie, God is a vague figure, who she...

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