02/26/02 (The Color Purple)
In response to the reading: I found
that when Celie received the telegram reporting the deaths of Nettie, Samuel,
and her children. However, it wasn't true serves as a way to show the
development of Celie's character. Celie accepts the possibility of Nettie's
death and I feel this is showing that she's learned how to accept tragedy
without letting it get the best of her. When Nettie first was missing from
Celie's life it was the end, but now Celie has found that life is worth living.
In the same sense, Celie still loves Shug, but she no longer has a soul tie to her. Finally, she's found independence and she's complete. She has self-confidence now that causes her to be able to survive. Now she sees love in a whole new light, no longer does she see it as possession or control. She loves Shug, but she doesn't feel like she needs to tie shug down. Shug does keep her promise, and comes back, but Celie is content with the fact that if Shug hadn't came back that she wouldn't have destroyed herself by wanting something she couldn't have.
I found these to parts of the reading
interesting in how they tied together in the end.
The changes that have taken place in
Celie are more noticeable in this section of our reading than any other. It is
almost like the roles of Sofia and Celie have reversed. Now Celie is the source
of strength for Sofia, Celie is now the one that speaks her mind, Celie is now
the one with a strong idea of who she is.
A very interesting part of the reading concerned Celie's religious awakening. It seems now that our previous thoughts of Celie being a very religious person were wrong. Celie faith of the past seems to be just another thing she did because it was expected.. Now, with Shug's help, she seems to have a real faith in God. Her faith seems to be her own now, she doesn't have to express it for herself anymore, she knows it is there.
This book has two very different escapes for its characters, knowledge and music. On one had the book focuses on what studies and knowledge can do to further a person and their life. On the other hand, the book shows Shug and Squeak escaping through music.. I wonder what Alice Walker was trying to say through these two very different paths for her characters.
One thing that wasn't clear to me in the reading was the situation when Nettie finds out their Pa isn't really their Pa. I didn't understand the story she told to Celie.
My website focuses on the idea of the Memphis blues scene. It has several biographies of legendary blues artist. The one of "Memphis Minnie" seemed to relate to the time and talents of Squeak and Shug. http://www.blueflamecafe.com/index.html
Scott Van Eman
with the rest of this book I am still really confused. I am learning
thing that kind of through me for a loop and had me asking
does leave both of them though. It really has an effect on Celie. She talks in
her letters to Nettie about how she thinks Shug doesn’t love her
my webpage I picked this one because it gives all kinds of information on Alice
Walker. It tells about her life growing up, and her inspirations. At the bottom
of the page it gives a list of links for her writings and other information and
sites to see about her. There is even a link that takes you to a interview with
her. The website is :
the section of reading that our group had to focus on, I saw Celie come
is great at the end of the novel that Celie is happy, but there are many
website I found,
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