Symbolism In Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple'

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1.Significance of a title
a.The title refers to a moment when Shug Avery asks Celie if she takes the time to notice what little things that God does to show us that he loves us—a different way of reminding Celie to stop and smell the roses. "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it," Shug says. www.
2.The author’s manipulation of time
a.‘The Color Purple’ was written in 1982. It mostly takes place in Georgia during the times of Jim Crow. www.

3.A predominant allusion in a work
a.The color purple represents all the good things in the world that God creates for men and women to enjoy. At the beginning of the book, you could say that Celie has no sense of the
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Her father rapes her constantly and she questions God as to why this is happening. 7.How contrasting places (for example, two countries, two houses) represent opposed forces or ideas
a.In Celie’s father house, she was constantly raped and feels as if no one loved her; when she moved into Mr. Albert’s house, everything was still much the same. She was treated more as a thing than as a person. 8.Arguments for or against the work’s relevance in today’s world
a.The argument in this novel compared to the events in today’s world would be that women are the backbone of the household. Some men treat women as if they are only good for cooking, cleaning, nursing, or sex. This novel shows us the unruly treatment of women but it also empowers women not to give up. Remain strong.

9.Similarities and differences in a sequence of parallel or recurring events in a work
a.The novel was somewhat similar to her life. After writing the novel, she experienced a separation from her marriage. 10.Implausible or unrealistic incident or character – how it relates to the realistic elements in the
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At the beginning, Celie is meek and goes along with what anyone tells her because growing up she was beaten if she didn’t. “ I don’t fight. I stay where I’m told. But I’m Alive. That is Celie’s Attitude in life that men will kill a woman who doesn’t obey.

8.A rebel’s conflict and its ethical implications(consequence touching on ethical decision-making and/or attitudes) for the individual and society In the early 1900’s Shug is Celie Best-friend and later she become her lover. The Significance of Celie and Shug’s sexual relationship is that Celie learns how to be proud of her-self. Celie loves more people than ever before. Celie is finally opening herself up by loving someone, Celie becomes more lovable. 9.A function of a confidant/e in a work
The Confidante in the work is a person the main character relies on and talk to Shug Avery because she resents Albert’s slighting her; She may be a black woman, but she doesn’t want to be defined by someone else’s sense of a black woman’s worth, or in Albert’s particular case, by his sense of a black woman’s

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