What Is The Theme And Characterization In The Color Purple

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Alice Walker’s, The Color Purple, is a candid story told by an African American woman named Celie. There are four main characters in this novel and their stories are told by a woman who is treated as an inferior and a slave by her husband and the general community. Celie was repeatedly raped as a child and Walker drew from the emotional trauma of Celie’s youth to form a powerful storyline that was influenced by the theme and characterization. Opening the narrative with a teenage version of Celie, Walker implements crucial information for the readers to grasp the emotional toll Celie’s rape conveys. Raped by her stepfather, Celie is powerless to his abuse. Her stepfather, Alphonso warns and threatens her to keep quiet, “Better not never tell nobody but God”. With this statement, the reader learns why Celie writes letters to God and why she is the most frank in these letters. Celie decants her story to God and remains passive in her material life. The main theme of the story, the power of an individual’s voice, coincides with the abrupt loss of Celie’s youthful innocence. As the story progresses the theme becomes more powerful…show more content…
With characterization, Walker develops several individuals’ experiences and attitudes. Celie’s characterization was the most significant to the plot, but Mr. ____ and Shug Avery also had key transformations. Mr. ____, Celie’s husband, was for the majority of the story uncaring and abusive. He beat Celie like an animal and hid letters from Celie’s sister, Nettie, for years. It is Celie’s discovery of Mr. ____’s deception that spurs an argument and significant development for both Celie and Mr. ____. After Celie returned from her time away with Shug, Mr. ____ reformed his life and expressed equality toward Celie. In the closing chapters, there is a scene where Celie and Mr. ____ are sewing together and conversing
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