The Color Purple is a novel of freedom, Celie the main heroine in thenovel is a fourteen-year-old girl who is repeatedly raped and abused by herstep-father Alphonso. He at that point marries her off to Mr.
_____ a man twiceher age, without her consent. Also, similarly to Mr. Northup she encounters herloss of freedom when she is not permitted to settle on her own choices sinceher dad decides for her. There was much racism and abuse amid that time,particularly for black women. They were beaten and manhandled essentially inlight of their skin color and sexual orientation. Celie, a youthful blackwoman, who experiences numerous hardships in the of light of that time periodincluding prejudice, abuse, and sexism yet she stays solid in her confidence inGod and is able to overcome these obstructions and yet demonstrates thepeaceful quality of a woman. The persecution of black women is extremelyobvious in The Color Purple, this isdemonstrated through the relationship between Celie and her Father Alphonso.Alphonso rapes and beats Celie for years and manages to get her pregnant twice.
“I say God took it. He took it while I was sleeping. Kill it out there in thewoods. Kill this one too if he can.” (Walker 12) he kills the first child inthe woods and sell the other to a family in town. Though unfortunately, it isnot until later on in the novel where Celie learns that both babies belong toher step father Alphonso and that her biological father has been lynched.
Learning the news impacts Celie’s life drastically and this prevents her fromtrusting men for most of her life. “Young Celie knows only beatings and sexualcoldness before Shug arrives to teach her how to love.” (Abrams, 29) Celiefaces many struggles for a large portion of her life, she was not taught therights and wrongs. Celie’s younger sister Nettie is the root of her freedom,she adores her sister and when she is taken away from her; Celie is lost. Shequestions why life is the way it is and if it gets better. Shug, a female whois introduced later on in the novel and is told to be Albert’s mistress.
Shehelps Celie in figuring out who she is as a woman and helps her feel beautifulin her own skin. She also teaches Celie to stand up for herself and not allowanyone to walk over her. “God is inside you and inside everything else.
Youcome into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it.”(Walker, 177) For the majority of the novel, Celie struggles with findingherself because of the constant brutal treatment she endures. With God she isable to grow as a character and believe that she does deserve a better life.
Celie changes for the betterment of herself and for God.