Development of Celie

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The Development of Celie`s personality due to the Impact of other Women in the Novel The Color Purple

“I`m pore, I`m black, I may be ugly and I can`t cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I`m here.” (p. 210)

In the beginning of the book “The Color Purple”, the protagonist, Celie, is a ruined desperate woman. Her sole has been injured by her father`s violence, endless rules and orders, which she is forced to follow and ignorant indifferent people, who never show any concern for her. The main feeling inside her is shame, endless shame for how she acts, how she lives and how she looks. “I think, I might as well be under the table for all they care. I hate the way I look, I hate the way I’m dress,”- she thinks to herself while sitting at Harpo`s (p. 74). This endless feeling of shame made her voiceless, dumb. “Somebody got to stand up for Shug, I think. But I don’t say nothing.”(p.44) She doesn`t have enough courage to stand up for anyone. Even if this “anyone” is her passion, her idol. “Your life made you feel so shamed you couldn’t even talk about it to God”. (p. 130) No matter how strongly she believes in what she wants to say, she does not dare to say it out loud. But by the end of the book we see an absolutely different personality– strong, self-confident, independent, brave enough to argue back to a man, to stand for her right not just to survive and to leave a full and happy life. Her path to this change in personality was not easy, and it would have been impossible without other women`s influences. Sofia, the woman “looking like the last person you`d ever expect to see waiting on anybody” (p. 131), was the strongest proof of how wrong Celie’s relationships with Mr.___ were. Celie should not be blamed for the advice she gave once to Harpo, telling him to beat Sofia. She knew no other way to build a relationship between a man and a woman. But Sofia`s bewilderment, anger and her fight against these conventional but outrageous norms of behavior...
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