The main character Celie begins as a shy girl with no wisdom, always nice, and worried for Nettie. Celie begins to change as her own life changes and turns inside out. Celie starts off being raped by her father and talking to God about her problems. She tells God her problems in a diary where she expresses her emotions and what is going on in her life, sometimes even a cry for help. Celie began her diary by saying that her own father raped her twice and that the first child he killed while the next he sold. The interaction she makes with him and other characters such as Mr. ______ will change as she grows up and realizes reality. Years later, when she receives her first letter from sister Nettie, the entries are made up of her letters to Nettie and the letters she receives from Nettie. By the end of the novel, thirty years after her first entry, Celie has modified her address from “Dear God” to “Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear Everything. Dear God.” She has learned to accept the world and her place in it and has learned about her own faith and religious beliefs–uniquely hers, they are not the images of God she was taught to accept. Initally a very timid, vulnerable young girl, she is not only raped by her father but also, later, beaten by her husband. But Celie gains confidence and succeeds through the opportunities she takes advantage of, and she learns to love and be loved. As a young girl, Celie is constantly subjected to abuse and told she is ugly. She decides therefore that she can best ensure her survival by making herself silent and invisible. Celie’s letters to God are her only outlet and means of self-expression. To Celie, God is a distant figure, who she doubts cares about her concerns.      Celie does little to fight back against her stepfather, Alphonso. Later in life, when her husband, Mr. ______, abuses her, she reacts in a similarly passive manner. However, Celie latches on to Shug Avery, a beautiful and seemingly empowered woman, as a role model. After Shug moves into Celie and Mr. ______’s home, Celie has the opportunity to befriend the woman whom she loves and to learn, at last, how to fight back.Celie experienced many things that have lead her to become the women she is currently. Her interactions with people grew and she became less and less scared of people as she progressed throughout her life. She gave some advice to her “son” but never actually cared for him or his wife. She had a strong connection with Nettie and Shug Avery. Times that Celie grew on interacting with people were with her “son’s” wife where he comes for advice to her and conclude in a beating, but ends up in his wife coming to Celie and asking her why she gave him the idea about beating her and explained to her the life she had to live through growing a little but there connection with her.       Shug’s maternal prodding helps spur Celie’s development. Gradually, Celie recovers her own history, sexuality, spirituality, and voice. When Shug says Celie is “still a virgin” because she has never had a satisfying sex life, Shug demonstrates to Celie the renewing and empowering capacity of storytelling. Shug also opens Celie’s eyes to new ideas about religion, empowering Celie to believe in a nontraditional, non-patriarchal version of God.      Nettie’s long-lost letters, which Celie discovers with Shug’s help hidden in Mr. ______’s trunk, fortify Celie’s sense of self by informing her of her personal history and of the fate of her children. As her letters show, Celie gradually gains the ability to synthesize her thoughts and feelings into a voice that is fully her own. Celie’s process of finding her own voice culminates with her enraged explosion at Mr. ______, in which she curses him for his years of abuse and abasement. Mr. ______ responds in his characteristic insulting manner, but his put-downs have no power once Celie possesses the sense of self-worth she previously lacked.      The self-actualization Celie achieves transforms her into a happy, successful, independent woman. Celie takes the act of sewing, which is traditionally thought of as a mere chore for women who are confined to a domestic role, and turns it into an outlet for creative self-expression and a profitable business. After being voiceless for so many years, she is finally content, fulfilled, and self-sufficient. When Nettie, Olivia, and Adam return to Georgia from Africa, Celie’s circle of friends and family is finally reunited. Though Celie has endured many years of hardship, she says, “Don’t think us feel old at all. . . . Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt.”


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