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The Color Purple is a very powerful film that tells the story of Celie a poor black woman living in the old south The film begins at her childhood and follows her up to old age She was raped and abused by her father as a young woman and was sent to marry and equally abusive man Albert The various people in Celies household may seem strange in their actions to an outsider However if one examines the actions of the characters their behabiors can be explained and sometimes justified by the systems theory symbolic interactionism and finally developmental theory The systems theory attemps to explain how groups of individuals interact as a system Within this system there are also subsystems However a change in one member will affect all of the other members in that system The large system in the family is obviously the family itself It is comprised of Celie Albert and Alberts children There are also two subsystems The marital subsytem is Celie and Alber and the sibling subsytem includes all of Alberts children Everyone in the family does everything they can to keep Albert happy Celie never talks back to him until the end and the children obey his every order If Albert becomes angry the whole household feels it and he even goes as far as beating Celie The greatest example of this theory comes when Celie finaly leaves Albert After Celie left Alberts home became a total wreck One member of the family Celie had a very profound effect on the organization of the whole household As Alberts father stated You need a young girl to fix up all this mess Albert had Celie but lost her because of his tyranical ways The theory of symbolic interactionism explains the behaviours of individuals based on the perceptions they have of themselves and of others From a very young age Celie was constantly abused and mistreated This caused her to
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