Compare and contrast the two characters of Celie and Jeanette.

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Compare and contrast the two characters of Celie and Jeanette.
Consider the influence of religion on the two main protagonists.

Despite the fact that Celie and Jeanette are characters who appear to be lost in completely different worlds they do in fact have quite a lot in common. The influence of religion on the two girls is significant and can be seen throughout the two novels. Jeanette is trapped at home with an extremely strict religious family, and could be considered to be quite naïve, as she hasn’t seen much of life outside of her village. Her village is full of evangelists, although the way they act makes them seem a lot more like a cult. Hence, it could be said that Jeanette had to endure religion being forced upon
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Alice is a world traveller and considers herself to be a spiritual explorer.
During her junior year at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, she travelled to Africa as an exchange student. Alice was active in the
Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, and in the 1990's she was still an involved activist. “The Color Purple” seems to relate greatly to
Alice’s experiences in life and what the impact of other members of her family and their experiences had upon her. It is about being a woman and black, living in the frame of male civilization, racist and sexist by definition and being subject to all possible forms of oppression. This is very true for many of the black women living in
South America during the early 1900’s.

The Color Purple, published in 1982, tells the story of Celie, a Black woman in the South of America. Celie writes letters to God in which she tells about her life, including her roles as daughter, wife, sister, and mother. Through the course of her story, Celie meets a series of other Black women who shape her life: Nettie, Celie's sister, who becomes a missionary teacher in Africa; Shug Avery, the
Blues singer who saves Celie from her abusive husband and helps her become a stronger person and finally Sofia, her larger than life daughter- in- law.

“Oranges are not the only fruit,” is a story about a young girl called
Jeanette who retells the story of her life beginning when she is seven years old

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