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The Color Purple

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Meghan Lahr

on 18 December 2014

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Transcript of The Color Purple

Background
THemes Continued
The Importance of Female Relationshiops
So What?
Why it should be taught at the collegiate level
Power of Narration
Letters to God
Themes
People have an inherent bias against anyone who's not the same as them
The Color Purple
By Alice Walker

Published in 1983
Pulitzer Prize
Film
Broadway
Alice Walker
Born on February 9, 1944
Grew up poor in the segregated South
Graduated in 1965, the same year she wrote her first short story
The true nature of racism and sexism
Oppressed by the white society and dominated by the male class
- "A girl is nothing to herself; only to her husband can she become something." ( Walker 155)
Allows women to find refuge from the male dominated society
- "Shug act more manly than most men . . . he say. You know Shug will fight, he say. Just like Sofia. She bound to live her life and be herself no matter what."
Shug Avery
Mr._____'s ex-girlfriend
Singer/ Performer
Falls ill and moves in with Celie and Mr._____
Significance as a character
Characterization
Celie finds in Shug what she can't see in herself
Celie & Sophia: Friendship
Celie & Nettie: Sisterly
Celie and Shug: Mentor and Pupil/ Sexual
She becomes an example of how to escape male dominance.
- " But I don't have to ask Sofia. I know white people never listen to colored, period. If they do, they only listen long enough to be able to tell you what to do." (Walker 195)
- " You a lowdown dog is what's wrong, I say. It's time to leave you and enter into the Creation. And your dead body is just the welcome mat I need." (Walker 199)
Demonstrate the nature of racism and sexism between 1910-1940
Important for students to understand how a bias based on race or gender was very prevalent in the past and still affects society today.
Portray the idea that one must find internal strength in order to overcome an oppressive force to find their sense self.
College is a time where students search to develop their sense of self
Celie's escape from the mistreatment in her life
Letters to Nettie
- "Here's the thing, say Shug. The thing I believe. God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don't know what you looking for. Trouble do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling like shit. It? I ask. Yeah, It. God ain't a he or a she, but a It. But what do it look like? I ask. Don't look like nothing, she say. It ain't a picture show. It ain't something you can look at apart from anything else, including yourself. I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you cam feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found it.” ( Walker 189)
- " I don't write to God no more. I write to you. What happen to God? ast Shug. Who that? I say. She look at me serious. Big a devil as you is, I say, you not worried bout no God, surely." (Walker, 192)
As Celie finds herself she realizes that God doesn't have power over her.
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