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Comparison Of "The Color Purple" And "Lord Of The Flies"

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Character Alienation is where the main character is isolated from the rest of the characters in the story. Alienation can be caused by several things, such as abusive relationships like in the story The Color Purple, or poor leadership such as the story, Lord of the Flies, in which both protagonists were alienated by their own people.In the book, "The Color Purple", Celie, the protagonist, is alienated by most of the important men in her family. It causes her to be very passive and defenseless. She is aware that people see her as a weakling. Her sister, Nettie tells her to fight back, but she thinks fighting is useless as she quotes, "I think about Nettie dead. She fight, she run away. What good it do? I don't fight, I stay where I'm told. But I'm alive." Celie seems content to be alive and sees no point in life in where she has to defend herself, and this indicates that she is very low in her self esteem.In contrast, Ralph in the story "Lord of the Flies" is the chief of his tribe on the island. He expresses himself and tells his tribe what to do, where as in Celie's case, she has to listen to her husband. She cannot express herself, where as he wants to express more of himself to the tribe. He is full of confidence of what he does and all the decisions he makes, whereas Celie will go with anything her husband says. Ralph is a leader who tries to impose himself on his people, but the boys ignored him, and instead, they just play all day and hunt. They felt like they could do whatever they want since there were no consequences to Ralph's rules. Ralph's problem was that he wasn't firm with his tribe. The chores that he would assign each group of boys was taken lightly, and therefore, he was isolated by his group.When Albert's sisters come over, they compliment Celie for cleaning the house and taking care of the children. This is the first time someone other then Nettie gave her a compliment. His sisters tell him to buy Celie new clothes. For example, "He look at me. It like he looking at the earth. It need somethin'? his eyes say." Albert is surprised at first, but he gives Celie the money for a new dress. This gave herself esteem a boost.When Celie meets Sofia, her daughter-in-law she felt jealous of Sofia because she's assertive and has power. Sofia quotes "All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl ain't safe in a family of men." Sofia had learned to fight back for her own sake. Sofia quotes again, "You remind me of my mama. She under my daddy thumb. Naw, She under my daddy foot. Anything he say, goes. She never say nothing back. She never stand up for herself. Try to make a little half stand for the children, but it backfired." Sofia compares Celie to her mother, saying she's weak and can't stand up for herself. Celie now sees the importance of fighting, but is too afraid.When she meets Shug Avery, her husband's lover, she changes a little bit, and doesn't...

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