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An essay about Alice Walkers novel The Color Purple This is an essay about Celies confidants throughout the novel and how they contribute to her growth as a stronger more independent black woman The Color Purple Celies Confidants A confidant or confidante is a character in a drama or fiction often a trusted friend or relative of the hero or heroine who stands as a sympathetic shoulder for the hero or heroine In Alice Walkers The Color Purple New York Pocket Books 1982 the main character Celie confides in more than one confidant or confidante These special characters aid Celie by helping her grow and live through the difficulties of life At the beginning of the novel Celie begins writing letters to God her first confidant Another confidante that Celie trusts is her younger sister Nettie who is the only person that actually loves her from the outset of the novel Finally the reader encounters a singer by the name of Shug Avery who plays a crucial role not only as a strong confidante but also the role of a friend and lover who helps Celie find love and happiness With the help of this flamboyant singer named Shug Avery her younger sister Nettie and a simple diary to God Celie is able to mature into a happier stronger and more dominant figure At the beginning of the novel the reader meets the main character Celie through her diary to God She begins by writing letters to God about her daily life and in such letters the reader learns of the ugly events she endures as an uneducated black woman living in the South One can argue that God plays an absent role in Celies life because he can never really respond to her letters Celie continually writes to her absent God because she is powerless and has no one else to whom she can write The author utilizes this one-sided
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