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From apathy to awaking
---A Brief Comment on the Color Purple

Yang Yali

The School of Foreign Languages
China West Normal University

A Paper for Appreciating English Movies

May 2012

From apathy to awaking
---A Brief Comment on the Color Purple

Abstract: The color purple is a classical black feminist novel. Celie, the protagonist and narrator of the novel, undergo the decades of social and sexual oppression but finally liberate herself from domination. Strong relationships with other black women helped Celie's redemption and possessed her sense of self. This thesis tends to analyze the transforming of her self-consciousness from apathy to awaking. Key words: redemption, sense of self, female relationships, apathy, awaking

Celie, the heroine in The Color Purple, is poor, uneducated, fourteen-year-old black girl living in rural Georgia. There is about five important person influenced her deeply. Those five people influenced Celie's personality and fate from good and bad sides. Celie's life is a process from invisible to visible and a process from apathy to awaking. The sense of self is the key point to her liberation. The first person is Celie's stepfather, Alphonso. And this is also the first degradation. This man beats and rapes her, and most importantly, threatens her not to tell anybody. "You better never not tell nobody, but God. It'd kill your mammy." Celie never tells her mother because she is a good daughter and thus leads to her tragic life. When she cannot stand the sexual abuse and cries, her stepfather threatens her: "You better shut up and get git used to it." Finally, constant sexual abuse makes Celie lose child-bearing ability. And constant violence makes her more quietly. She decides that the only way to protect her is by making herself silent and invisible. Then, her only outlet and means of self-expression is her letters to God. She is afraid of her stepfather. She is fearful of asserting herself...
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