Comparison Essay

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Alice Walker demonstrates in her novel, hypocrisy to society to show how Celie’s point of view on other characters throughout the novel. The novel presents how Celie’s life is a difficult life to live, but for her on the other hand, her life is normal. In the beginning of the novel, Celie’s life revolves around abuse. She accepts mostly physically and sexually abuse by the men throughout her life, Celie is often mistreated by Pa and her husband, Mr.___. Celie believes though, that the people who abuse her are also the people who care about her and that is how they show their friendship towards Celie. Her abusive relationships surround her, her whole life is about mistreating her, as the novel shows when Pa, is raping her, “He start to choke me, saying you better shut up and git used to it” (Walker 2). The novel displays her life being a black women and how abuse shows dominance and control over them. For Celie though she accepts all punishment and displays very little confidence, she also does not realize it is wrong, all she believes is that people who mistreat her, do care for her. Although Celie is mistreated, she also is a slave to her husband, Mr.____. Pa sold Celie to Mr.___, as if she is an animal, she has no say or no decision on where she lives. For Celie though, she does not see it that way because Celie demonstrates being controlled by their husband is normal. She obeys Mr.___ no matter the circumstances, she believes though that Mr.____ does care for her and that being a slave to him is just how relationships work. For Mr.___ he is just the owner to Celie. As she slaves around the house, for a person that cares for her. Hypocrisy to society is demonstrated because Celie displays she will do anything just to have people in her life that truly “care” for her. Abuse and Slavery is not just shown within the men and having control over their wives, later in the novel, slavery and abuse is presented within women. As Sofia stands up against the mayor’s wife, to show she cannot boss around her and she does not work for anyone. Sofia is then later in jail and working for the mayor’s wife as a slave. As the mayor’s wife slaves Sofia around the house with doing all the work, Sofia shows confidence, strength and will power even as a slave. As the novel progresses Sofia begins to lose confidence and hope in her future to see her family again. Mayor displays friendship with Sofia, when she says, “I’m gonna drive you home. Just like that” (Walker 108). From the mayors view though, her and Sofia are best friends, even though the mayor does not realize that is not how you treat a friend and Sofia is only their because she has no other option. Sofia does not really care about the Mayor, she is there to do her work and hopefully see her family again. Overall, hypocrisy is presented right from the beginning of the novel to display types of friendship, but in reality their friendship is not true friendship.
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