The Color Purple Character Analysis Essay

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In The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Celie is a strong black woman, but for a while didn’t know it. Walker takes her time throughout the book to shape Miss Celie. In the beginning, she shows Celie as an uneducated abused woman who doesn’t know who she is but by the end of the book Celie is crafted into a whole new person. Alice Walker shapes Celie into a new person throughout the book with the help of strong female characters and does so by employing a flawless literary arc.
In the exposition, Walker illustrates Celie in a very splendid way. Walker develops this scene showing Celie’s abused and powerless life. Walker’s character Celie is an uneducated young woman. Walker presents this in a few ways. The first way is the way Walker writes
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There are quite a few times that it seems this topic comes to life in the book. For instance, while Celie and the reverend’s wife are in the fabric store, they both refer to the man working as sir while he is being rude to both of them. The way Celie and Harpo work the fields for Mr. also suggests it is a time passed slavery where it is possible for the laws to be in place. Another example is Nettie’s amazement with NYC and the people. “Colored own a whole section of it, called Harlem. There are colored people in more fancy motor cars than I thought existed, and living in houses that are finer than any white person’s house down home” (Walker, 135). The mayor’s wife asking Sofia to be her maid and she became shocked when Sofia refuses in a disrespectful way. To make things worse after she gets arrested for putting up a fight against the mayor’s wife, she is forced to be a maid. Walker also strategically places lines such as “They have the nerve to try to make us think slavery fell through because of us, say Sofia (Walker, 102). Thus showing it is a time after slavery had ended without saying it is a time where Jim Crow laws were in effect. While Sofia is teaching a white lady to drive the lady says, “This is the South…. Have you ever seen a white person and a colored sitting side by side in a car” (Walker, 104). Last but not least there is the story Mr. tells while giving Celie’s babies away about the black shops owner’s that were doing well and the white shop owners got mad burnt the store down and lynched Celie and Nettie’s real dad. These are all strong examples throughout the book that suggests Alice Walker is writing the story to take place during the Jim Crow

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