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the color purple
Transcript of the color purple
The author wrote the book as a series of letters to God then eventually to Celie's sister Nettie. Walker used this style to make the reader feel as if they were receiving these letters personally. This style really helps the reader be sympathetic towards the everyday happenings of Celies life. plot overview #1 The color purple written by Alice Walker prezi by Fallon Itrich Written in 1982 by Alice walker, the color purple actually takes place in the 1930's-40's. This time setting helps the reader picture how little technology there is, it also gives the reader a clue on how belittled women were and just how powerful me were. The characters live in rural Georgia, this gives the readers an image of the south. This image is very important to the book as a whole because in that time frame (especially in the south) there was a lot of strong racist feelings towards the african american race, and even within the race. There was also discrimination between men and women,unfortunately it was not uncommon for a husband to beat his wife and children, like Celies father beat her and Nettie. For example when Celie writes "He start to choke me, saying 'you better shut up and get used to it'. But I don't never get used to it. And now I feels sick every time I be the one to cook." (pg 11) Or when she overhears Mr._ speaking with his son Harpo about Sofia, " Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do that better than a good sound beating." (pg. 42) In the book some of the characters nick names have great relevance to their personalities, such as Shug Avery. ''Shug'' short for Sugar is the most desirable to men, and the most interesting to women. Or like Mr._ who is barley named in the first third of the book until Celie gains confidence in herself and feels worthy enough of being alongside of Mr._ who's actual name is Albert. Another example of how some nick names fit the characters personality is Squeak. Squeak is called this because she is kind of shy and very timid, she also lets everyone push her around.
Another character defining category would be occupation/position. In the book one of the main positions that is upheld is that of power, Sofia is quite the powerful women who in nearing the mid section of the book talks back to the mayors wife and gets beaten by the police, as Celie writes : "When I see Sofia I don't know why she still alive. They crack her skull, they crack her ribs. They tear her nose loose on one side. They blind her in one eye. She swollen from head to foot. Her tongue the size of my arm, it stick out tween her teeth like a piece of rubber. She can't talk. And she just about the color of a eggplant."(pg 87) Sofia is then recruited to work as a maid for the mayor, which then makes her like Celie; powerless. Or like how Celie is portrayed; meek, quiet,and shy. Celie's lack of position other than just a mere house wife renders her nothing more than powerless. Most of the characters throughout the book are symbols themselves, such as Shug. Shug Avery would represent the absolute enjoyment of sin because of her promiscuous attitude and behavior, Celie would represent pure innocence. Innocence because of how she goes about things, with kindness and curiosity that is some what child like and sweet. Sofia represents boldness, stubbornness, and bravery. In the book Sofia carries herself with such confidence that even some men do not want to mess with her. She stands up for herself and what she believes is right, and does not hesitate to let you know who is really in charge. Sofia is idolized by celie throughout the whole book. Mr._ (Albert) and Alphonso can be recognized as evil, because of the emotional, phyical, and sexual stress they put on Celie as she grows up and becomes a young women.And of course the color purple, this color represents many different things for many different people. For example in the book celie states that some poeple down there are so dark skinned they are almost close to purple, but for celie the color purple means something much more personal. To Celie, purple is the color of her bruises from when she had been beaten and raped. To Sofia the color purple represents her strong mind and personality. In The Color Purple, Walker utilizes point of view and setting to show Celies emotional healing/growth as the book goes on. One of the main themes in the book that i found is that even the innocent are punished. Celie, being 14, constantly abused and pregnant with her second child at the fault of her rotten father is a major example of the innocent being punished. Another theme in The Color Purple is that things have to get worse before they can get better. In the beginning of the book celie lives with her sick mother, little sister, and abusive father which is a really harsh environment, but then Celies father basically giver her to Mr._ and her life goes from harsh to close to unbearable. Towards the ending of her stay with Mr._ (Albert) Celie starts to hang around Sofia and Shug quite a bit and she realizes she has a say in her own life and gets up enough courage to leave Mr._(Albert), she is also reunited withher sister Nettie and both of her own kids she gave birth to when she was just a mere teenager. The Color Purple is about two sisters separated at a very young age, both leading very very different lives. One is married off to a horrible, demeaning man and the other becoming a missionary who travels to Africa with her church group(Celie believes Nettie is dead because she had no contact with her after she was marries). Celie, the one who was forced to marry a horrible man , now has to care for his children, clean the house, tend to the fields, and for a little while has to take care of a vaguely rude lady friend of Mr._. Celie starts of the book by writing letters to God in her diary, then eventually as the book goes on and begins writing actual letters to her sister Nettie who is in Africa. As the book goes on Celies life gets better because of her emotional healing and support from the friends she has made over the course of the book. Towards the ending of the book Celie is reunited with her sister Nettie and both of her own kids that were ripped away from her when she was just 14, after that Celie gains up enough courage and decides to leave Mr._ (Albert) for good, and she doesnt look back,not even once. Sited works (bibliography) shmoop.com: http://shmoop.com/search?q=literary+elements