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In the color purple Alice Walker takes the reader through a young colored girls life Throughout the novel Celie is growing and learning about herself emotionally physically and spiritually She learns with the help of Sofia and Shug Avery about herself and about other things that go on around her The fact that Celie is writing to God shows us that she has a way of coping with her horrendous life In a way God is the only personthing she could turn to since her stepfather scared her by saying You better not never tell nobody but God Itd kill your mammy Page 1 This is the first sign of growth we are presented with in the novel Next Celie is confronted with Sofia who she wishes she were like in some ways She learns quite a bit from Sofias and Harpos relationship like the fact that a wife doesnt have to take abuse from her husband She also learns about Sofias outlook on life For example when Sofia tells Celie You ought to bash Mr head open Think bout heaven later Page 44 In this quote the reader sees that Sofia is telling Celie that she should start caring about the life she is living and get rid of Mr This is one of the first steps in which Celie starts to care about her life and makes gradual attempts to better it Shug Avery enters the novel next and is idealized by Celie Celie does everything she can to be like Shug Once Celie becomes Shugs friend and stops trying to be like her she begins to learn from her and becomes her own person Through Shug she learned sexually about herself All the sexual experiences she had had prior to the one with Shug were terrible and were usually against her will Only after her experience with Shug she realized that sexual contact can be enjoyed therefore she becomes confortable
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