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Mammies, Matriarchs And Controlling Images Essay

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"The Color Purple" would be the best example of Collins' article. Celie would be a combination of a mammy and matriarch according to Collins. Although Celia isn't in a white household she begins as a mammy. She plays a faithful, obedient, and domestic housewife. Her father married her off at the very young age. Albert her husband, who is two times older than Celie and has four children, beats her into submission. She grow to be a great surbordinate for Alberts and his kids. After a few years and so much crap from Albert and his kids Celie became fed up. Celie was very close to slicing Alberts throat to get rid of her fear of a man who ...view middle of the document...

Sofia(another character from the movie) on the other hand was a strong willed woman who change from a matriarch into a mammy. Sofia was confronted by a white woman who was complimenting her on how clean her kids were and offer Sofia a job. Sofia refused with a hell no and was slap by a white male. She served in jail for punching a white male, which in the setting of the movie was in the early 1900. Sofia was beat on the scene by white police officers and kept in jail for a while. In the end though she ended up becoming the servant of that same white woman. Sofia becomes an ideal mammy for this white older lady. Sofia has the attributes of the mammy character, which is overweight and functions "magnificently physical" stated by Collins. She is faithful, obedient, and is a domesticated servant.Last is the jezebel of this movie named Shug Avery who takes more of the white phallantric look. She is a singer who came to visit Albert in his home. Introduces the life outside what Celie isn't use to. Shug Avery is also rejected by her dad for being the kind of person she is. She has well tamed hair that is style in the regular type of white woman's hairstyle. She has a fair skin tone that gives her an attraction that neither Celie or Sorfia has. She would be a threat to the average white women if she was ever place in a white household as a mammy. "The Color Purple" gives an insight of the "Mammies, Matriarch, and Other Controlling Images" with the three of the four characteristics that an African American women would play in a cinematic production.

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