Synthesis Essay On The Color Purple

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5. I chose to watch the movie The Color Purple. I chose this movie because I felt like it would be the least graphic out of the libraries options. The Color Purple is set in the early 1900’s so they do not have as many technical devices as we have today and understand things in a different light. During the early 1900’s it was still acceptable to beat your wife that did not go out of style until really the late 1970’s. It was made illegal in all states by 1920, but people still felt that it was seen to be a family matter so people often tended to look away. During this movie the main character felt dealt with being beaten on a regular basis. The movie only showed one seen of her being beat at the beginning of the movie. But later …show more content…
Celie was about 14 when she moved into the man’s house. They did not have a wedding ceremony and near the end of the movie when she finally leaves she even said that she never asked for his hand in marriage. So with that I do not know if this can be seen as wife beating, however, she lived there and slept in his bed so we are just going to go with that he was her husband for now. Every time she talked back to him he beat her, she also said that he beat her just because she was not her friend who her husband actually loved . So if this was the case then he must have beat her a lot because he only ended up with Celie because he could not have her younger sister or Celie’s friend. I believe that the reason this movie did not show much of the beating was because it was made in 1985. During that time violence was not as prominent in the culture as it is today. If they remade this movie I would image that they would have put in more violence and beating scenes. However, since the movie is based on a book they may have only put in the beating scenes that were in the …show more content…
One of the main characters Sophia does get mad and leave her husband for beating her but only after at least 3 years of being beaten. She did however, beat her husband from time to time but that does not say that it is wrong. Near the end of the movie Celie does leave her husband because she is tired of being physically and mentally abused, and wants to kill her abuser. But she never says that he was wrong only that he should wish that he should have treated her better. I think that this movie made some interesting point on how domestic violence happens in the home and how it is often over looked. But I think with it being made in the 1980’s that it could have done a little better of a job saying that it was wrong. But then again it was based off a book and historically accurate so it is hard to tell what the right decision

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