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The Color Purple By Alice Walker The Color Purple is a story that is told openly and sincerely by a black woman named Celie Throughout the course of the story we are shown Celies struggle to find herself love confidence independence and the courage to fight and fend for herself The novel is written in first person by Celie through letters that she wrote to both God and her sister Nettie as well as letters written by Nettie to Celie Through their letters we become familiar with their emotions thoughts and sense of their reality in an honest and genuine manner In addition to knowing Celie and Nettie we become acquainted with their family friends and way of life By the time we reach the end of the novel we are aware of the many different themes like independence gender issues and race relations A struggle for or possession of independence of mind body and soul especially for women is widely seen throughout the book We see a transition in Celie from being a timid young girl with little self worth to a strong independent woman She once was a slave to her step-father and later on her husband but eventually found her own freedom and peace of mind through Shug Avery and other influential women was a fiercely independent woman from the start She made her own decisions spoke her mind and let no one especially any man take advantage of her In a crucial moment for Celie Shug stood up and made a decision she said Thats it Pack your stuff You coming back to Tennessee with me She acts on her own terms and does what she feels no questions asked Another example of this theme was the way Sofia Celies daughter-in-law carried herself She wasnt hesitant in the least bit to fight physically and verbally for herself or her cause She offers her advice loud and clear as blunt and
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