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The Color Purple: Celie's Transformation
Transcript of The Color Purple: Celie's Transformation
*"You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy."
*verbal abuse "The most beautiful woman I ever saw... She bout ten thousand times prettier than me." (page 6) "I spend my wedding day running from the oldest boy. He twelve... He picked up a rock and laid my head open." (page 12) "'You got to fight them, Celie,' she say... I don't say nothing. I think bout Nettie, dead. She fight, she run away. What good it do? I don't fight, I stay where I'm told. But I'm alive." (page 22) "I like Sofia, but she don't act like me at all. If she talking when Harpo and Mr.____ come in the room, she keep right on." (page 36) "'You told Harpo to beat me', she said. 'I didn't mean it', I said. 'Then what you say it for?' she ast. 'I say it cause I'm a fool. I say it cause I'm jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can't.' 'What that?' she say. 'Fight.'" (page 40) "'Some womens can't be beat.' I say. 'Sofia one of them.'...'But you his wife', he say, 'just like Sofia mine. The wife spose to mind.'' 'Do Shug Avery mind Mr.____?' I ast. 'She the woman he wanted to marry. She call him Albert, tell him his drawers stink in a minute.'" (page 64) "I think about my sister Nettie. Thought so sharp it go through me like a pain. Somebody to run to. It seem to sweet to bear." (page 66) "She say my name again. She say this song I'm about to sing is call Miss Celie's song.... First time somebody made something and named it after me." (page 74) "I watch him so close, I begin to feel a lightening in the head. Fore I know anything I'm standing hind his chair with his razor open." (page 122) "Now I know Nettie alive I begin to strut a little bit. Think, When she come home us leave here. Her and me and our two children." (page 148) "'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... But Nettie and my children coming home soon. And when she do, all us together gon whup your ass." (page 202) "I am so happy. I got love, I got work, I got money, friends and time." (page 218) "My heart broke. Shug love somebody else." (page 250) "It say the ship you and the children and your husband left Africa in was sunk...They think you all drown... What good is anything? Being alive begin to seem like a awful strain." (page 259) "I be so calm. If she come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content. And then I figure this the lesson I was suppose to learn." (page 288) "And I miss her friendship so much that if she want to come back her dragging Germaine I'd make them both welcome, or die trying." (page 273) Alphonso (step-father) Albert AKA Mr____ (husband) *physical & verbal abuse
*loved Shug more than he cared for Celie
*Celie & him had many traits in common
*"Then the old devil put his arms around me and just stood there on the porch with me real quiet. Way after while I bent my stiff neck onto his shoulder. Here us is, I thought, two old fools left over from love, keeping each other company under the stars." Nettie (sister) *constantly encouraged Celie to continue her
education, despite what their step-father said
*"'Why you want to know so much bout
Nettie?' I ast.'Cause she the only one you
ever love', she say, 'sides me.'"
*the thought of seeing her again kept her going Shug Avery (friend) *helped Celie gain confidence and find herself
*gave money to begin Celie's pants business
*"But Shug spoke right up for you, Celie. She say Albert, you been mistreating somebody I love. So as far as you concern, I'm gone"
*gained strength after Shug left Sofia (friend) *told Celie she deserved better
*totally opposite of Celie
*always fought in her family, very strong The Color Purple: Celie's Transformation Conclusion From "I don't fight. I stay where I'm told." to "All us together gon whup your ass."