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The Color Purple Letters 1-11 Reading Response



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    In The Color Purple, Celie (the protagonist of the novel) writes letters to God in order to write out how she feels. She writes in her “diary” because she doesn’t really have anyone to talk to. Celie is a strong woman for putting up with everything that has happened to her, including being beat by her stepfather and her husband. In the novel, Celie’s husband wanted to marry Nettie (Celie’s sister), but Alphonso (Celie’s stepfather) didn’t want to give up Nettie so he let Mr. take Celie (Walker).

    The main idea of this first selection is the idea that the characters are in an era where it is okay for men to beat their wives and children. In this case we see the struggles that Celie goes through each and everyday. “Harpo at his daddy why he beat me. Mr.  say, Cause she my wife. Plus, she stubborn. All women good for he don’t finish. He just tuck his chin over the paper like he do. Remind me of Pa. ” The part where Mr. reminds Celie of her “Pa” makes me extremely sad. I would hope that a girl who has gone through so much with her stepfather would find a husband who treats her right.

    I choose this quote because it shows just how ruthless and non-caring the men of this time were. I think this is most significant because at this current moment Celie is not defending herself. I write this because I think that in due time with help from Nettie, Kate, Sofia, and Shug Avery, Celie will find inner strength to defend and stand up for herself. In the beginning of the novel Celie explains how her father raped her. She wrote, “First he put his thing up gainst my hip and sort of wiggle it around. Then he grab hold my titties. Then he push his thingy inside my pussy.

    When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it” . In a later letter she wrote, “Sometime he still be looking at Nettie, but I always git in his light” . Light is defined as “a particular aspect or appearance presented to view” . In this case Celie is the aspect that is getting in the “light” and preventing her stepfather from raping Nettie too. Later on in the novel Mr.  make Celie his wife and beats her constantly.

    His sister Kate comes by and makes Mr. buy Celie some clothes. Kate and Mr.  argue and before Kate leaves she tells Celie something important. Celie wrote, “You got to fight them, Celie, she say. I can’t do it for you. You got to fight them for yourself”. Fight can be defined as “to gain by struggle” . In this case Kate is telling Celie that she must fight in order to gain freedom from her abusive husband. Overall, I think that Celie is a character that is growing stronger as the days go on. In novel shows how Celie would volunteer herself to get raped by her stepfather instead of letting her sister Nettie get raped.

    It is obvious that Celie cares a ton for her sister. Towards the end of the reading Celie is conflicted between listen to everything Mr. tells her to do and standing up for herself. She observes how Sofia stands up for herself when Harpo tries to tell her what to do. Celie has always accepted the fact that since she is a woman she has to get raped and pregnant and still take care of all of the housework. I think that soon enough Celie is going to grow strong enough to defend herself from Mr.

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