| Quote #7
Tashi is very intelligent, I said. She could be a teacher. A nurse. She could help the people in the village.
Nettie recognizes that to the Olinka, her only value is her position with respect to men. Nettie is valuable because she can educate boys. In addition, the Olinka men, just like Pa, are very interested in maintaining their dominance over women by denying females education and by speaking down to them.
| Quote #8
I curse you, I say. What that mean? He say.
Mr.__ uses his usual tactics in an attempt to oppress Celie. Essentially, he thinks women are worthless, and therefore the sins that he has committed against her don’t matter.
| Quote #9
Sofia and Shug not like men, he say, but they not like women either.
Mr.__ and Celie discuss how Sofia and Shug, regardless of their gender, have managed to carve out a unique identity for themselves.