The Color Purple

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LadarreunTaylor
English 131
FEB 25

The Color Purple

The Color Purple' is the reverberation of the slavery time. The African-American thinker and writer Gloria Watkins points out that ‘The Color Purple' is a imitation of the custom of the ‘slave narrative' Sections written by male and female former slaves about their skills under slavery. Some slave narratives were collected among previous slaves in the 1930s by the Works Progress Direction, a New Deal project in the Southern United States. This powerful imagined custom is categorized by Frederick Douglass's. They develops strong feminine suggestion roles. Sophie is humbled by the mayor when he offers her a job as a maid, when she and Harpo had wriggled so long to improve their lot in life and she sees how little value the mayor places on hers. This is indication of the racism leading in the society, directly thinking of a Black woman as a servant. Sophie slugs the mayor. She ends up in prison, and has to go to work for the mayor in the end to get out. Squeak also becomes immobilized when Harpo gives her that name and does not recover her power until after she is raped by the warden when she visits Sophie in jail, and she tells Harpo after that her name is Mary Agnes and she wants to be called by that name. Again, there is a conflict of values, with Harpo putting no worth on his women, whereas Mary Agnes understands that she does have value and wants it respected. Celie finally gets up the courage to leave Albert, and go off with Shug to Memphis. She is finally becoming self-governing. She starts making pants for herself, and is so good at it that it develops into a successful business. This is representative because of her lesbianism, and she understands that she is more manly and it is only right that she wear the pants - another cultural suggestion in the movie, along with more indication of role reversal. This all happens after she learns Albert has been hiding letters from her sister, On March 6-10 & 14-16, the Alabama State University Theater Department will be doing the color purple the musical. I however have the leading role for” Mister” in the play, there is a lot of things i have observe while being over here in the theater doing this play. The first day I’ve seen a lot of students that came to audition and didn’t make it and they are crying. I guess this play meant a lot to them. I see students practicing their roles trying to make sure they have their part together so they won’t lose their spot. The Color Purple comes with a lot of things to do. I stayed in the scene shop helping build the stuff for the show. In the scene shop I could see nails, hammers, and a lot of wood lying around. Mr. Harris, he builds everything in the play, I notice he wears a tool belt the whole time he is working, and he never keeps his shoes tied. In the scene shop there is wood all over the floor. The smell of the room smells like paint, wood, and work. They were working very hard on this project. As I walked around the building I could see most of everyone working on something, if it wasn’t acting they was working on music for the songs. I observe them as they tried to learn the music. Some of them couldn’t get the music right so they had to do it over and over again. As they were singing I look in the directors face and I could see a face of something was wrong, some of the notes was off. I notice some of them wasn’t singing when they were told to, they was lip singing no notes was coming out at all. Some of the wasn’t even paying attition to him at all. This play has a lot that I have seen since I have been in there observing. On stage the girl was crying during her scene, she felt the song that she was singing. She hit the floor as hard as she could, to get into character. As she hit the ground the mood of the audience change they were feeling what she was the meaning she was giving the people. The light that was on stage...
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