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The Color Purple
Transcript of The Color Purple
Pattern of Organization
Celie's main struggle was that she was missing her younger sister Nettie
Celie strove in life in hopes to see her beloved sister again
Answer to her long suffered struggle was simply to have her younger sister in her arms again
Solution was long waited for and that they were relieved to have each other again
Final scene is the final resolution of their conflicts
By Alice Walker
The Color Purple
"By now the car stop under the trees in the yard and all these peoples dress like old folks git out. A big tall whitehaired man with a backward turn white collar, a little dumpty woman with her grey hair in plaits cross on top her head. A tall youngish man and two robust looking youngish women. The whitehaired man say something to the driver of the car and the car leave. They all stand down there at the edge of the drive surrounded by boxes and bags and all kinds of stuff. By now my heart is in my mouth and I can't move.
'It's Nettie,' Albert say, girting up.
All the people down by the drive look up at us. They look at the house. The yard. Shug and Albert's cars. They look round at the fields. Then they commence to walk real slow up die walk to the house. I'm so scared I don't know what to do. Feel like my mind struck. I try to speak, nothing come. Try to git up, almost fall. Shug reach down and give me a helping hand. Albert press me on the arm. When Nettie's foot come down the porch I almost die. I stand swaying, tween Albert and Shug. Nettie stand swaying, tween Samuel and I reckon it must be Adam. Then us both start to moan and cry. Us totter toward one nother like us use to when us was babies. Then us feel so weak when us touch, us knock each other down. But what us care? Us sit and lay there on the porch inside each other's arms.
After while, she say 'Celie.'
I say, 'Nettie.'
...But I don't think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt."
Examples: "git," "girting," "tween," "nother"
Background as African American woman in her time period
Didn't recieve much education due to race and controling stepfather
Story told in informal letters between sisters
She writes as she speaks.
“Then us both start to moan and cry. Us totter toward one nother like us use to do when us was babies… Us sit and lay there on the porch inside each other's arms.”
Readers can picture the scene as if they were on the porch
Readers can see and hear their crying
Simile: Old women compared to babies
Emphasizes the importance of the touching moment
Lots of emotion (pathos)
Celie and Nettie are both old women now
Implies that this was the start of a new chapter in their life that they will share together
Apart for so long that when they got back together they felt young again
They're now able to compensate for those years they lost
“Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt.”
Short, Simple Sentences
"They look at the house. The yard. Shug and Albert's cars. They look round at the fields.”
Gives a more dramatic effect
Moment must be emphasized
Adds some suspense
Connection between the sisters since they have similar reactions to seeing each other again after many years
Repetition of this specific action emphasizes the weakness in their legs due to all the emotions
Shows the shock and joy (pathos)
“I stand swaying, tween Albert and Shug. Nettie stand swaying, tween Samuel and I reckon it must be Adam.”
“But what us care?”
At that moment the only thing that mattered to her was that she had her sister back home with her.
Includes some humor to show her good spirit
They didn't care if they were on the floor and if everyone was watching them.
They felt like they were the only people on Earth.
"Us sit and lay there on the porch inside each other's arms."
"But I don't think us feel old at all. And us so happy."
She seems at peace as Celie reunites with her sister and her children.
She wanted was to live that beautiful moment forever.
You can be in even the worst conditions, but as long as you have a loved one by your side, you'll feel at bliss
“...I think this the youngest us ever felt.”
Won’t let their old age or past struggles drag them down from living a life full of enjoyment
Now that the wait is over, Celie can focus on having a new, wonderful life beside her sister.
Author shows that you might go through tough times, but as long as you’re patient, you’ll find relief.
Rhetorical Analysis Project
By: Cynthia Alvarez