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Alice Walkers novel The Color Purple follows Celie down the winding road of her life As a poor black girl living in the South Celie endures and overcomes many hardships As the novel opens the readers learn that she has been raped repeatedly by her father then later is forced into a loveless marriage with a man who treats her like a slave Celie does not stand up for herself and therefore gets taken advantage of in many ways but through the friendships that she takes part in she eventually learns to stand up for herself Celie is a terrorized passive girl with little belief in herself who undergoes a major transformation in attitude and becomes a courageous and willful woman Taylor Masterpieces 107 Though the characters of Nettie and Sofia play an important role in the development of Celies life it is Shug who plays the most important role by teaching and encouraging her to find pride self-esteem strength and love Sofia is a fighter and indirectly teaches Celie to stand up for herself In the South during the 1930s blacks worked for whites and black women were expected to mind their husbands Sofia does not fit this norm in fact she defies it Sofia is married to Celies step-son Harpo yet refuses to be pushed around by him She has had to fight all her life Walker 42 for as a black women it is her only defense against black men and a white society Sofia tries to solve all of her problems by means of physical violence While this may not be the best way to deal with her hardships it is good for Celie to see that it is possible for a black women to stand up for herself and to fight for her rights When Harpo tries to control Sofia she fights back beating him and exposing her will to fight for what she believes in Celies traditional values come
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