Essay on Character Analysis : ' What Kind Of God Are You?

1951 Words Dec 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
“What kind of God are you?” this question echoes through the theatre as Celie sings a desperate plea to God in The Color Purple the revival of the 2006 musical that opened in New York December 10th, 2015. Directed by John Doyle with a book by Marsha Norman based on Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by the same name, the musical takes the audience on a journey through Celie’s life as she attempts to answer this question for herself. The musical is a portrait of Celie’s life as an African-American woman coming into her own in rural Georgia during the first half of the 20th century as she navigates abuse, love, betrayal, loss of faith, and family. The musical follows the story of Celie’s life from the time she is a child into late adulthood, it spans 40 years and is told through a mix of songs and spoken dialogue. The audience watches as Celie grows and learns to use her voice and exert her independence to carve out her place in a world that wants to render her invisible. Over the span of her life, she remakes her idea of God as an old, white, male—her antithesis—into a God who encompasses everything and lives within her. The musical presents the theological worldview that if one empowers others to interpret and define God for them, they will never be able to have full faith in that God. It is only when they feel empowered enough to define God on their own terms that they can place their faith in God with full conviction.

The musical opens with a song…

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