The Transformation Of Celie In "The Color Purple" By Alice Walker

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Events in history have influenced writers’ style, and the importance in their stories. Alice Walker wrote a novel which was very much subjective by the time period of the 1940’s. There was a great deal of bigotry and tyranny during that time, particularly for Women of color. Women were mentally and physically abused and belittled by man purely because of their race and femininity. Women were considered as ignorant individuals that simply knew how to handle housework and care for the children.
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker in 1982 and later made into a movie in 1985 directed by Steven Speilburg tells the story of a young women of color named Celie who endured countless hardships in the time period of racial discrimination and sexism. Celies character also portrays an hideous, deprived girl who was lacking self-confidence. She is mortified of who she is, and there is no one to take note or who will be able understand to her with the exception of God. ...view middle of the document...

Celie was raped repeatedly and pregnant twice by her stepfather and was told to keep quiet about it. "You better not never tell nobody but God, It'd kill your mammy" (stepfather). I believe this is when Celie began to fear men for most of her life. This act towards any woman is very demeaning.
Celie practically struggled for happiness her whole existence. Her father sold her to a man who had no intent of loving or caring for her. Celies’ husband whom she refers to as Mr. physically and verbally abused her. Mr. felt that the only way to keep a woman in check was to beat her and he did just that throughout the movie. Like any woman would though the abuse Celie lost herself and respect for herself. Living with Mr. was a life full of darkness and hatred. Life with her husband was no better life than life with her stepfather. It took years for Celie to become brave enough to fight back for what she accept as true and gain understanding of how to convey amusement and have little outlook on life. After years of abuse, Celie no longer was afraid of Mr. She no longer cared for her husband or the house. Celie spoke out when something was bothering her and didn’t force herself to do anything she did not want to do. The new woman Celie became realized that she did not require any man to survive and she could handle life on her own.
Celies character transformed throughout the movie from a ugly scared girl to a strong colorful proud woman. In addition Celie made herself resistant to the hurt and pain she endured from her stepfather and husband. She began to allow herself to appreciate the simple things in life and recognize beauty. Celie is lastly at a blissful position in her life and shows her development and independence as a mature woman. Her once sad and miserable character no longer exists, Celie is now living a vibrant life. Women can prevail over all obstacles no matter the situation is. Woman must always remember that no one person has control over the other.
The Color Purple supports many of the value, such as developing the guts to resist individuals whose bring nothing but pain, to stand firm and recognize that no person is an island, and the transition to adulthood. It also helps those who may not understand fully what woman of color has endured.

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