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Gender roles play a very important role throughout the Color Purple Each character in this book are very different from each other They guide one another through life and help each other figure out who they really are Sophia and Shug both influence Celie who is skinny weak and dependent of others and we see her role change throughout the novel Celie who is weak and submissive strives to be like Shug Shugs independence and self reliance has a major impact on Celie Shug teaches Celie to be her own self and start by introducing Celie to her sexuality although it is with a woman I dont know nothin bout it I say to Shug I dont know much she say Walker 118 Shug and Celies relationship progressed and she learned to stand up for herself as a woman Over dinner we watched Celie become an independent woman who stands up against Mr who abuses her and forces her to be his slave You a lowdown dog is what you is Whats wrong I say Its time to leave you and enter into the Creation And your dead body is just the welcome mat I need 207 This is an example that clearly shows Celie has respect for herself and symbolizes her growth as a human being Sophia is a strong woman who is willing to sacrifice her life just to be treated equal She fights hard for it but is discriminated by Harpo and Mr She is forced to believe that men are superior that women exist only to serve men and have and take care of their children Not only is Sophia taken advantage of but Mr admits that he beats her only because she is a woman 23 Sophia decides to leave Harpo in seek of a better life which is a big example of her battle for superiority of the female gender in the world
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