The Color Purple
In The Color Purple, Celie is abused by her father and husband. She leaves her father by marrying Mr. ________, and then leaves Mr. ______, too. But why does she really leave her husband? Is it the abuse, or are there other motives? Check out the video, and decide for yourself.
|American Literature||All American Literature|
|Author||Walker - Alice Walker|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century American Literature|
Sexuality and Sexual Identity
Women and Femininity
. . . until Celie had enough and left. After that, Mr Blank got his act together.
. . .and turned into a halfway decent guy. He and Celie even started spending time together
again. So, if he was such a changed man. . .
. . .why did Celie refuse his marriage proposal at the end of the book?
Could be that after everything he'd done to hurt
her. . .
. . .maybe she just didn't want to give him another chance.
And, let's not forget, it wasn't exactly a love connection in the first place.
Or maybe it was because she was still in love with someone else.
After what she had with Shug. . .
. . .she didn't want to accept anything short of the real thing. . .
. . .and may have wanted to keep her options open if Shug ever did decide to settle down.
Then again, maybe she just didn't want to spoil a beautiful friendship.
After Mr Blank's big change. . .
. . .he and Celie had worked hard to become friends.
And maybe Celie just wanted to keep it that way.
Or perhaps her hard-fought independence wasn't worth giving up for any man.
C'mon, who are we kidding? . . .
. . .She would have said yes to him. But she had already proven that she didn't
need a man in her life. . .
. . .so maybe she just liked being on her own.
Okay, then, why do you think Celie said no? Was she too hurt to give Mr Blank another
chance. . .
. . .still in love with Shug. . .
. . .afraid of ruining their new-found friendship. . .
. . .or reluctant to give up her independence? Shmoop amongst yourselves.