The Color Purple In “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker,Celie has been verbally, physically, and sexally abused by dfferent men and has no real narrative voice. Which leaves her with little sense of self worth making her unable to live a happy, decent life. When Celie comes across Shug Avery, their relationship becomes Intimate making Celle find her self with self confidence. Celie freed Shug from the role that everybody wanted her to fit into, and Shug freed Celie from the psychological bonds that were keeping her from making of her life what she wanted it to be, by being a mixture of friend.
Idol. lover. nd teacher. Change happens for people who work for it. Celle was always told that she was ugly, that she was useless, that she was worthless. Alphonso and never lost an opportunity to tell her so. And so Celie became and believed she was ugly, useless, and worthless.
Even Shug, when she first met her, exclaimed “You sure is ugly” (pg. 48). Shug was told, first by her mother and then In the “respectable people’s” opinion, that she was a whore, that she was wicked, and so she became a Temptress of sorts. “Even the preacher got his mouth on Shug Avery, now she down.
He take her condition for his text. He don’t call no name, but he don’t have to. Everybody know who he mean. He talk about a strumpet in short skirts, smoking cigarettes, drinking gin. Singing for money and taking other women mens. Talk about slut, hussy, heifer, and streetcleaner. ” (Pg 46). She was the woman that all the men wanted and all the women hated, because there was so much she dared to do and so little anyone could do to stop her. However, neither of them necessarily wanted to take part In those roles, and both of them felt confined in them.
Shug has a certain Image In the novel. She fits the role of the seductive woman. he temptress, the devil. However, when she and Celie became friends, Shug opens herself up to Celle and show the sweet side of her nature. When she was with Celle, she could relax and be herself, the sweet, gentle, and caring woman which so few people knew about. She didnt have to fit into the role that was expected of her; she could cuddle up to Celle, take care of her and be taken care of, she could be the mother or the child or both with absolute freedom.
And Shug did love to cuddle. “l loves to hug, period, she say. Don’t need nothing else right now. ” (Pg. 1 52) She could e gentle and sweet when she was with Celle, because Celle didn’t want or expect anything of her except what she really was. Celie depended on Shug for love and security. Being constantly told that she was ugly had Its effect on her; Celle s sense of self esteem was exceedingly low. “But what you got? You ugly. You skinny. You shape funny. You too scared to open your mouth to people…
You not that good a cook either… This house ain t been clean good 1 OF2 neither. ” That kind of verbal abuse was a part of Celie ‘s life. However, although Celie sensed something was very wrong, her feelings were dead, buried. Not only her love, but all her rage, her hate, her sense of injustice, her happiness. She wasn’t even aware that they should be there. When Celie met Shug those feelings were slowly dug up again, and resurfaced completely only with the discovery of Nettie’s letters.
When Shug leaves Celie for Germaine, the nineteen year old, Celie goes through a crisis. Shug had taught her a lot of things, but she still did not know how to fend for herself. Up to that point, Celie had depended solely on Shug for company, for love, for caring. She felt betrayed that Shug would abandon her when she knew Celie was efenseless, and knowing also that she was the only person Celie loved with the exception of Nettie, who had left her also. However, by leaving, Shug did the best thing she could for Celle.
Because, once Shug was not there for her to lean on, Celie learned how to take care of herself. At that moment, she became truly independent, and the last of the ties holding her down vanished. When Shug returned to her Celie ‘s growth had been completed. She had progressed from being a scared child who needed someone to hold on to, be it Nettie or Shug, to being a strong and mature oman, who was not afraid to do what she felt was right, and who deserved and what’s more demanded respect.
In the same way, once Shug’s own growth was completed, she no longer felt the need to be what people wanted her to be. She decided to retire from her career as the Queen Honeybee. When she was with Germaine, she went to see her children which she had not seen for many years. She was ready to break out of her mold, relax, be herself, and enjoy all the things that God had given her. She made up her mind to get to know her kids better, and actually be a mother to them in a way that atisfied her gentle side.
She was still a very strong woman, but now she was strong in a quieter, more commanding, more reasonable way. Shug and Celie together changed each other slowly realizing it. They both worked for it. Shug pushed Celie to become stronger and more independent. Celie broke through Shugs tough act and found that sweeter and loving Shug. They both became people they dreamed about and never thought they could be. All people change whether for good or bad they both changed for bad at first but together they changed into the beautiful color purple.
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