Essay on Color Purple

1320 Words 6 Pages
Making the Changes

     Rape, incest, sex, forced labor, and a bit of reefer. These are some of the components of a Novel by Alice Walker. These views are illustrated proficiently in Walker’s third novel, The Color Purple. These aspects had a lasting impression upon ideals and beliefs of the time period. Her writing’s helped to break the racial tension and barrier that was present in some people’s minds. One of the ways that the barrier was eliminated was through her depiction of an imperfect black person. If a white person were to write about an imperfect black person it would be considered racist. “ I think the most chilling thing to me about the response to The Color Purple was that people said ‘ this
…show more content…
At first, main character Celie, tells her stepson Harpo, to beat his proud wife Sofia, who is not listening to his orders and demands. Sofia responds by throwing the curtain Celie had given her at her Celie’s feet. After having a short argument and sharing a laugh about busting men’s heads open, the two women pick up and refashion this gift into a Sister’s Choice quilt. However, in the film, they do not make peace this way. Sofia throws down the curtains and gets angry, but then returns through a field of tall corn where she came from. Still hot, she glares back at Celie several times with her mean eyes and facial expression. Sofia had advised Celie to resist her husband Albert’s abuse, but Celie is left looking shameful for bringing abuse upon Sofia, the scene then ends without the two women resolving their differences in any kind of agreement. If this conclusion were different, the film may delay Walker’s point that Celie will begin to stand up to men sooner or later, but the film changes the final meaning of their argument within their own relationship. Later Sofia and Celie do seem to be reconciled, not by sewing, but through a change in roles. In the novel Sofia also falls as Celie rises, and vice versa.

     The film shows Sofia’s strength through the powerful looks she gives when physical violence is occurring around her. The look she gave Celie in the cornfield is nothing when compared to

More about Essay on Color Purple

Open Document