The Color purple was an entertaining novel about a young black girl
struggling to survive in a harsh world. Her name was Celie, and through out
her life she was abused in many ways. If any one is competent and
courageous in this world it would be Celie.
After her mother passed away, she had nothing left but her father, who
beat and molested her. not only did he physically abuse her, but he put her
to shame in many ways. The one thing that was important to Celie, her right
to education, was stripped from her when she was 15. Not only did her
father take away her education, but he told her in contrasted ways that she
was useless. His actions showed that he thought she had no purpose on this
Earth but to serve men. He also repeatedly verbalized this untrue opinion.
Throughout her life, Celie tried to stand up for what she thought but
was continually put back down where she some day come to believe that she
belonged. Celie was forced to marry a cruel man after her father took away
her right to be educated. The only thing that she ever did for this man was
completely negative things. She was there solely to cook, clean, take care
of the kids and make sure that her husband was sexually content. Celie’s
sister, Nettie, was a more daring individual. Once she saw what was going
on with Celie, she fled her life to avoid encountering the same hardships
that her sister had to withstand.
When Celie thought that all hope was lost, a woman named Shug Avery
came into her life. Shug was everything that Celie wasn’t. She was
beautiful, strong willed and artless. The reason why Shug came into Celie’s
home was because she was sick and she needed to be nursed back to health.
Celie spent night and day taking care of Shug. Even though Shug told Celie
to her face that she was ugly, that didn’t change the fact that she
idolized her. It puzzled Celie as to why Shug had such a strong hatred for
her, but we soon found out that Shug was in love with Mr.______, Celie’s
husband. Shug came around to caring for Celie after all the help she had
given her during her time of illness. What also made Shug feel for Celie
was the fact that Mr.______ didn’t love Celie. He had mutual feelings for
Shug. Shug began to show Celie that being a black woman was no reason to
permit everything that she had gone through. Celie appreciated the care and
respect that she got from Shug. She had never been treated that way by any
one before. Celie came to have a love for Shug that she had never
experienced before. She was in love with Shug. She had no ability to be
attracted to men because of the way that they all had treated her. she fell
in love with the first person to actually treat her as a human being. These
feelings were foreign, but extraordinary to Celie. At the end of the novel
Celie comes to conclusion that she has the ability to make Shug feel the
way that she does, and she is content with this thought. It is never said
if these dreams of Celie’s were fulfilled.
There are many obstacles that Celie endures on the road to the
American Dream. Some of these obstacles include the way that women were
denied of many rights that they deserved, The way that any man was a
superior to a woman, and the way that any white person was superior to a
black person. This is way that people used to live. Women were merely
objects to be owned. Black people were solely used to get things done for
white people. Celie wasn’t holding the best hand. She had a lot of odds
against her, making it very hard to survive in such a harsh world.
I think that the novel’s message regarding the American Dream is
that with a strong will, a good mind, and a positive attitude, what ever
that you see as the American Dream will always be within your reach.