Color Purple Essay: Celie
Celie from The Color Purple is a round and dynamic character who shows us her
view/point of view in life through a series of letters. When we first see her she is quite
inferior,quiet,and scared. She doesn’t know how to speak up for herself or stop others from
pushing her around. This can be seen by how her stepfather,Alphonso,takes her out of school and
calls Celie all these horrible names but she still has nothing to say about it except in her letters to
God. Alphonso even states himself how, “Never heard her say a hard word to [any] one of them.
Just give ‘em everything they ast for, is the only problem.” (pg.11) We do sometimes see a little
fight inside of her, like for example, the time she spit in Old Mr._’s drink when he bad mouthed
Shug. Overall, she is pretty pitiful in the way she carries herself, and it’s only until she meets
Shug that her attitude towards herself and life changes completely. Celie tends to talk to others as
if they are the boss of her rather than them just being like any other human being. Besides this,
her overall speech pattern is pretty slurred as she wasn’t educated properly.
Celie thinks of men as frogs and disgusting creatures almost due to the fact of how the
only people that treated her like crap was men. She was raped and verbally abused by Alphonso
and was physically beaten by Albert. As far as Celie is concerned, “men look like frogs to me.
No matter how you kiss ‘em, as far as I’m concern, frogs is what they stay.” (pg.254). The only
people who ever treated Celie with love and compassion was...