The Power of Female Friendship in The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Throughout The Color Purple, Alice Walker conveys the importance and the power of female friendship in all forms. It shapes and forms the strong bond of female companionship as means of refuge from oppression, male dominance and a world full of violence perpetrated against woman which the female protagonists wish to break free from. Walker constantly reminds the reader of the gruelling pursuit of identity that all are in search for, both in Africa and America; for females to gain equal

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More than all this, Shug and Celie ‘’loves’’ each other with a very strong love born from the pain of isolation, desire for something better, and the acceptance of one another. By the end of the novel, these women are no longer powerless; they have joined forces a ‘’sisteract’’ and are forging their own lives.

Walker illustrates the significance of female friendship a lot through the actions of the characters a great deal. For example on page 51 , yet again Celie takes the role of being a mother to another female taking care of Shug Avery, washing and combing her short, knotty hair, swooning over her reedy long limbs and dark black skin. She plays with Shug Avery as if ‘’ she were a doll or her baby Olivia’’. As soon as Celie encounters Shug , we get the sense that she already harbours some type of compelling sexual desire for her. "First time I got the full sight of Shug Avery" she says "I thought I had turned into a man," and from the description that is given by Celie, we can see that Shug Avery is a big element in bringing Celie out of her "tree" like emotionless state and bringing her back to life . Shug and Celie’s relationship is based on damaging mutual experiences where both shelter each other in times of crisis. As Shug "melt
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