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English 1001 page 1 The Direct and Indirect Impact of Rhetoric In the world that we live in rhetoric always affects and is a part of everything that happens Rhetoric in its broadest sense is communication and how people relate to each other The movie The Color Purple is about relationships Therefore rhetoric plays a very important role in this movie Throughout The Color Purple the impact of rhetoric can be seen in two groups of people the communicator or rhetor and the audience Celie the main character of the movie shows the impact of rhetoric in almost every aspect of her life The effects of rhetoric in Celies life are apparent through her relationships with Mr Johnson Shug Avery and Sofia The relationship that Celie has with Mr Johnson is unbalanced from the first time they meet Celies complacent and gentle nature leave her at the mercy of Albert Johnsons more dominant attitude The rhetoric that she expresses to him of innocence and always complying to his orders forces her to live a large portion of her life sheltered and overshadowed by Albert who continuously beats her into submission Celie also passes on what she learned from Mister to his son Harpo the rhetoric of the importance of a man giving his wife a good beating Albert Johnson does not even realize how important Celie is to him until she is gone At that point he returns some of the love that is shown to him by helping Nettie and her family to return to the United States in order to see Celie This action shows the impact of Mr Johnsons rhetoric on Celie by returning to her the first person that she ever loved Both the rhetoric that Mr Johnson exposes page 2 Celie to and the rhetoric that Celie reveals to Albert Johnson have a very important role in Celies
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