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     Jenny Nyberg, Jacqui Wunderlich, Constadina Manettas, Meg Ellis, Megan Wood, and Julie Pattesron
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    Introduction
    The Color Purpl {book_cover.jpg} e is a novel written in 1982 by Alice Walker, an African American author. It is an epistolary novel written through the eyes of Celie, a beaten down, woman who, at the beginning of the novel has appeared to loose faith in everything she has ever been taught. The story describes Celie's journey to self-discovery through her connection to a God she can understand and through a new-found lover she would have never expected. The book also displays themes of world-wide racism and how cultural differences fuel confusion and frustration, along with the idea that abuse in the world creates a vicious circle of abuse in an individual's life.
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Tuesday, October 4

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    Celie vs. Mr. __
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    in general. Back then wives were expected to mind there husbands, that was part of the culture that Celie grew up in. Growing up
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    she believed
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    “You a lowdown dog is what’s wrong, I say. Its time to leave you and enter into the Creation. And your dead just the welcome mat I need… You took my sister Nettie away from me, I say. And she was the only person love me in the world… But Nettie and my children coming home soon, I say. And when she do, all us together gon wup your ass.” (Walker 202)
    (Celie to Albert)
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  2. page Sofia edited ... When Harpo gets too out of line, Sofia simply takes her kids and leaves. She does not allow he…
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    When Harpo gets too out of line, Sofia simply takes her kids and leaves. She does not allow herself to be a victim and has a hard time understanding why Celie allows herself to be beaten down and abused.
    Cultural Differences
    Sofia is abused by the whites in her town. Although she feels as though she's overcome being oppressed in her family and community for being a woman by taking a stand on her own (her youngest child is not Harpo's, for instance), when she gets in trouble with the mayor after punching him, she is beaten within an inch of her life and thrown into jail. She is then put in prison and constantly abused by the white staff there. Eventually, through the pleas of her family, she becomes the maid for the mayor's family for the duration of her imprisonment.
    While the white family takes advantage of her and expects her to love and worship them for being their slave, she survives on hatred towards the family although she is a good nanny even though she would rather be taking care of her own children. Eleanor Jane, the mayor's daughter, becomes devoted towards her even though Sofia attempts to drop all connections with her servitude after it has ended. Unfortunately, only her oldest children even remember her when she returns, and just barely remember her at that.

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    get married. {PDVD_006.JPG}
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    Celie and Mr._ relationship is terrible; Celie is abused by Mr._ and by his children. Mr._ has a lover named Shug Avery; he loves her and beats Celie just because she isn’t Shug. Nettie finally has the courage to run away from her father and seeks refugee with Celie and Mr._ . This only last for a short time because Mr._ still tries to win Nettie. Nettie runs away with promises to write to Celie.
    Harpo, Mr._ son, falls in love with a large, outgoing, powerful woman named Sofia. Sofia becomes pregnant and then marries Harpo, much to his father’s displeasure. Sofia is a defiant woman and will not bow down to Harpo. When Harpo tries to beat her into submission, she wins.
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    Sofia is released for her work and returns home. One night, Celie finally releases her rage and starts yelling at Mr._ for his years of abuse. Shug announces that she is taking Celie, and are moving to Tennessee. In Tennessee, Celie spends her time designing and sewing individually tailored pairs of pants, she becomes very good at it and turns it into a business. Celie returns to Georgia and finds that Mr. is very different and that Alphonso died and now she owns the land and the house.
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    finally finds happiness in herself.her happiness.
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    By: Megan Wood
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  4. page Plot edited The narrator and protagonist is a young girl named Celie. She tells her story of her life in a seri…
    The narrator and protagonist is a young girl named Celie. She tells her story of her life in a series of letters to God. Celie lives with her father and her many siblings. Her father rapes Celie constantly and gets her pregnant twice. He takes away both babies from Celie and she doesn’t know where they are or what happened to them. Celie and her bright younger sister named Nettie try to make the best of life with what they have, and love each other more than anything in the world. One day Mr. comes to ask for Nettie so that he can marry her. Alfonso the father of Nettie and Celie says that he can never have her but that he could take Celie. Mr._ agrees to take Celie, and they get married. {PDVD_006.JPG}
    Celie and Mr._ relationship is terrible; Celie is abused by Mr._ and by his children. Mr._ has a lover named Shug Avery; he loves her and beats Celie just because she isn’t Shug. Nettie finally has the courage to run away from her father and seeks refugee with Celie and Mr._ . This only last for a short time because Mr._ still tries to win Nettie. Nettie runs away with promises to write to Celie.
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    she wins.
    {PDVD_009.JPG} One Day Shug Avery is in town and falls ill. Mr._ takes her into his house and tries to care for her. Shug, at first is very rude to Celie but soon they become friends. Celie also becomes sexually attracted to Shug and develops feeling for her. Sofia moves out with her children because of Harpo continuous attempts to break her. Harpo then opens a Juke joint where the improved Shug sings at. Celie becomes more confused in her feelings for Shug.
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    Celie goodbye.
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    Shug returns after a period of time with a new husband. Celie is upset and confused once again. Soon Shug and Celie pick up on their relationship. One day Shug asks Celie about her sister and Celie tells her that she is dead. She assumes Nettie is dead because she never wrote. A few days later they find letters the Mr._ had hidden from years of Nettie writing. Celie begins reading the letters from Nettie and comes very close to Killing Mr._.
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    Nettie and Samuel marry and prepare to return to America. Celie and Mr._ begin to talk now and Mr._ tries to repent for what he did to Celie. Sofia remarries Harpo and now works in Celie’s clothing store. Nettie finally returns to America with Samuel and the children. After an emotional reunion with her sister Nettie, and her children, Celie finally finds happiness in herself.
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    By: Megan Wood
    Sources:
    Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Pocket, 1983. Print.
    "The Color Purple (1985)." Movie Screenshots. Web. 04 Oct. 2011. <http://screenshotworld.blogspot.com/2007/06/color-purple-1985.html>.

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  5. page Plot edited The narrator and protagonist is a young girl named Celie. She tells her story of her life in a ser…
    The narrator and protagonist is a young girl named Celie. She tells her story of her life in a series of letters to God. Celie lives with her father and her many siblings. Her father rapes Celie constantly and gets her pregnant twice. He takes away both babies from Celie and she doesn’t know where they are or what happened to them. Celie and her bright younger sister named Nettie try to make the best of life with what they have, and love each other more than anything in the world. One day Mr. comes to ask for Nettie so that he can marry her. Alfonso the father of Nettie and Celie says that he can never have her but that he could take Celie. Mr._ agrees to take Celie, and they get married. {PDVD_006.JPG}
    Celie and Mr._ relationship is terrible; Celie is abused by Mr._ and by his children. Mr._ has a lover named Shug Avery; he loves her and beats Celie just because she isn’t Shug. Nettie finally has the courage to run away from her father and seeks refugee with Celie and Mr._ . This only last for a short time because Mr._ still tries to win Nettie. Nettie runs away with promises to write to Celie.
    Harpo, Mr._ son, falls in love with a large, outgoing, powerful woman named Sofia. Sofia becomes pregnant and then marries Harpo, much to his father’s displeasure. Sofia is a defiant woman and will not bow down to Harpo. When Harpo tries to beat her into submission, she wins.
    {PDVD_009.JPG} One Day Shug Avery is in town and falls ill. Mr._ takes her into his house and tries to care for her. Shug, at first is very rude to Celie but soon they become friends. Celie also becomes sexually attracted to Shug and develops feeling for her. Sofia moves out with her children because of Harpo continuous attempts to break her. Harpo then opens a Juke joint where the improved Shug sings at. Celie becomes more confused in her feelings for Shug.
    When Shug learns that Mr._ beats Celie, she decides to stay. She tries to help Celie and their relationship becomes stronger and Celie becomes less confused and lets her feeling toward Shug come out. At the same time Sofia returns to town and gets into a fight with Harpo’s new girlfriend squeak. She then proceeds to be thrown in jail after sassing the Mayors wife. She is then sentenced to be the mayors maid for twelve years. Shug decides to leave and tell Celie goodbye.
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    Shug returns after a period of time with a new husband. Celie is upset and confused once again. Soon Shug and Celie pick up on their relationship. One day Shug asks Celie about her sister and Celie tells her that she is dead. She assumes Nettie is dead because she never wrote. A few days later they find letters the Mr._ had hidden from years of Nettie writing. Celie begins reading the letters from Nettie and comes very close to Killing Mr._.
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    The letters from Nettie are from Africa, where Nettie is on a missionary trip. The letters talk about her experiences in Africa and of the family she is with. She traveled with Samuel, Corrine and their two children, Olivia and Adam. There is much tension around the group especially between Corrine and Nettie. Corrine believes that Nettie and Samuel had a previous relationship, and the children were Nettie’s. This then leads to shocking secrets that took everyone by surprise. Nettie figures out that the children are actually Celie's. She also discovers that Alphonso, who is was supposedly their father was not actually their father at all. Celie goes to visit Alphonso who confirms what Nettie wrote in her letters.
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    Sofia is released for her work and returns home. One night, Celie finally releases her rage and starts yelling at Mr._ for his years of abuse. Shug announces that she is taking Celie, and are moving to Tennessee. In Tennessee, Celie spends her time designing and sewing individually tailored pairs of pants, she becomes very good at it and turns it into a business. Celie returns to Georgia and finds that Mr. is very different and that Alphonso died and now she owns the land and the house.
    Nettie and Samuel marry and prepare to return to America. Celie and Mr._ begin to talk now and Mr._ tries to repent for what he did to Celie. Sofia remarries Harpo and now works in Celie’s clothing store. Nettie finally returns to America with Samuel and the children. After an emotional reunion with her sister Nettie, and her children, Celie finally finds happiness in herself.
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  6. page Setting edited By: Meg Ellis Setting The Color Purple is set in a mostly black rural town in the South in t…
    By: Meg Ellis
    Setting

    The Color Purple is set in a mostly black rural town in the South in the 1930's. Most of the story takes place in Celie's husband Alfred's house and around there. {TCP_image}
    Some of the subplot takes place in Africa, but this story is read in letters and so we are not informed of the happenings in Africa in real time, so some would not consider it part of the actual setting. However. there are important aspects of setting there, too. Setting up a story across the globe similar to Celie's at home helps impress the fact that racism was not an exclusively American thing; even the Africans are racist to their American counterparts. Beyond physical setting, it takes place in a time where black people were still thought of as subhuman ("That’s the problem, she say. Have you ever seen a white person and a colored lady sitting side by side in a car, when one of ‘em wasn’t showing the other one how to drive it or clean it?"), where women were still basically their husband's property ("Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do that better than a good sound beating"), and where it was perfectly normal for husbands to beat their wives and children ("He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it"). Part of the setting also is Celie's mental and emotional state. For most of the story, she is in a very dark place within herself. She is afraid of everyone except her sister, including Shug Avery at first. She thinks herself unworthy of affection and happiness. For instance, when Shug begins sleeping with Albert again, Celie lets her because she doesn't feel worthy of Shug. This relates to the setting in two ways: once she removes herself from her abusive situation (setting), her self-worth goes way up. When she finally decides to leave Mr., she gains all the strength she didn't have her whole life: "I curse you...until you do right by me, everything you touch will crumble." She wouldn't have had the courage to say that without a change in mental setting. The second way is that her perspective and attitude ultimately decide her setting, both physical and mental.
    By: Meg Ellis
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  7. page Sofia edited ... Themes Abuse - details - details - details Due to the cycle of abuse, where Harpo grew u…
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    Themes
    Abuse
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    Due to the cycle of abuse, where Harpo grew up watching his father beat his mother and then beat Celie, he grew to believe that men were always superior to women and that when he married, his wife would do exactly as he said. However, Sofia was a strong woman and she had no intention of letting that happen. Sofia was physically larger than her husband and very smart and tough. When Harpo tried to beat her, she hit him back. She had no problem being a strong woman and she foils Celie completely.
    When Harpo gets too out of line, Sofia simply takes her kids and leaves. She does not allow herself to be a victim and has a hard time understanding why Celie allows herself to be beaten down and abused.

    Cultural Differences
    - details
    - details
    - details

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  8. page Plot edited The Plot The narrator and protagonist is a young girl named Celie. She tells her story of her l…

    The Plot
    The narrator and protagonist is a young girl named Celie. She tells her story of her life in a series of letters to God. Celie lives with her father and her many siblings. Her father rapes Celie constantly and gets her pregnant twice. He takes away both babies from Celie and she doesn’t know where they are or what happened to them. Celie and her bright younger sister named Nettie try to make the best of life with what they have, and love each other more than anything in the world. One day Mr. comes to ask for Nettie so that he can marry her. Alfonso the father of Nettie and Celie says that he can never have her but that he could take Celie. Mr._ agrees to take Celie, and they get married. {PDVD_006.JPG}
    Celie and Mr._ relationship is terrible; Celie is abused by Mr._ and by his children. Mr._ has a lover named Shug Avery; he loves her and beats Celie just because she isn’t Shug. Nettie finally has the courage to run away from her father and seeks refugee with Celie and Mr._ . This only last for a short time because Mr._ still tries to win Nettie. Nettie runs away with promises to write to Celie.
    Harpo, Mr._ son, falls in love with a large, outgoing, powerful woman named Sofia. Sofia becomes pregnant and then marries Harpo, much to his father’s displeasure. Sofia is a defiant woman and will not bow down to Harpo. When Harpo tries to beat her into submission, she wins.
    {PDVD_009.JPG}
    One Day Shug Avery is in town and falls ill. Mr._ takes her into his house and tries to care for her. Shug, at first is very rude to Celie but soon they become friends. Celie also becomes sexually attracted to Shug and develops feeling for her. Sofia moves out with her children because of Harpo continuous attempts to break her. Harpo then opens a Juke joint where the improved Shug sings at. Celie becomes more confused in her feelings for Shug.
    When Shug learns that Mr._ beats Celie, she decides to stay. She tries to help Celie and their relationship becomes stronger and Celie becomes less confused and lets her feeling toward Shug come out. At the same time Sofia returns to town and gets into a fight with Harpo’s new girlfriend squeak. She then proceeds to be thrown in jail after sassing the Mayors wife. She is then sentenced to be the mayors maid for twelve years. Shug decides to leave and tell Celie goodbye.
    {PDVD_017.JPG}
    Shug returns after a period of time with a new husband. Celie is upset and confused once again. Soon Shug and Celie pick up on their relationship. One day Shug asks Celie about her sister and Celie tells her that she is dead. She assumes Nettie is dead because she never wrote. A few days later they find letters the Mr._ had hidden from years of Nettie writing. Celie begins reading the letters from Nettie and comes very close to Killing Mr._.
    {PDVD_022.JPG}
    The letters from Nettie are from Africa, where Nettie is on a missionary trip. The letters talk about her experiences in Africa and of the family she is with. She traveled with Samuel, Corrine and their two children, Olivia and Adam. There is much tension around the group especially between Corrine and Nettie. Corrine believes that Nettie and Samuel had a previous relationship, and the children were Nettie’s. This then leads to shocking secrets that took everyone by surprise. Nettie figures out that the children are actually Celie's. She also discovers that Alphonso, who is was supposedly their father was not actually their father at all. Celie goes to visit Alphonso who confirms what Nettie wrote in her letters.
    {PDVD_038.JPG}
    Sofia is released for her work and returns home. One night, Celie finally releases her rage and starts yelling at Mr._ for his years of abuse. Shug announces that she is taking Celie, and are moving to Tennessee. In Tennessee, Celie spends her time designing and sewing individually tailored pairs of pants, she becomes very good at it and turns it into a business. Celie returns to Georgia and finds that Mr. is very different and that Alphonso died and she now owns the land and the house.
    Nettie and Samuel marry and prepare to return to America. Celie and Mr._ begin to talk now and Mr._ tries to repent for what he did to Celie. Sofia remarries Harpo and now works in Celie’s clothing store. Nettie finally returns to America with Samuel and the children. After an emotional reunion with her sister Nettie, and her children, Celie finally finds happiness in herself.
    By: Megan WoodSources:
    "The Color Purple (1985)." Movie Screenshots. Web. 04 Oct. 2011. http://screenshotworld.blogspot.com/2007/06/color-purple-1985.html.
    Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Pocket, 1983. Print.
    

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    Sofia is released for her work and returns home. One night, Celie finally releases her rage and starts yelling at Mr._ for his years of abuse. Shug announces that she is taking Celie, and are moving to Tennessee. In Tennessee, Celie spends her time designing and sewing individually tailored pairs of pants, she becomes very good at it and turns it into a business. Celie returns to Georgia and finds that Mr. is very different and that Alphonso died and she now owns the land and the house.
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    in herself. By:
    By:
    Megan WoodSources:
    "The Color Purple (1985)." Movie Screenshots. Web. 04 Oct. 2011. http://screenshotworld.blogspot.com/2007/06/color-purple-1985.html.
    Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Pocket, 1983. Print.
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