Quotes. Shug : I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.
A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men, but I ain’t never thought I’d have to fight in my own house! I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead ‘fo I let him beat me!
By Alice Walker The title refers to a moment when Shug Avery asks Celie if she takes the time to notice what little things that God does to show us that it (remember, God is neither he nor she in this book) loves us—a different way of reminding Celie to stop and smell the roses.
Shug Avery is sick, likely due to a sexually transmitted disease , and no one in the town will take her in. Both her mother and father say that Shug’s promiscuity has gotten her what she deserves. Mr.
When they discuss it, Shug tells Celie that she loves sleeping with him. Celie tells her that she does not get any pleasure from him and never has from anyone.
A gentler soul, Alice Walker had a more charitable view of Steven Spielberg when he and musician Quincy Jones approached her in 1984 about making a movie of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Color Purple .” True , Spielberg was white. True , he was male. Meanwhile, Walker was suffering from undiagnosed Lyme disease.
In the western, Purple symbolizes elegance, authority and dignity. At the beginning of the story, Celie does not wear purple clothes, which suggests that she has not got independence and self- identity. With Shug’s help, Celie begins to make a living by herself, gets independence on economy.
Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. Purple is associated spirituality , the sacred, higher self, passion, third eye, fulfillment, and vitality. Purple helps align oneself with the whole of the universe.
The Color Purple Themes God and Spirituality. The first words written by Celie, the novel’s protagonist, are “Dear God,” and the novel ends with a letter, the salutation of which reads, “Dear God. Race and Racism . Men, Women, and Gender Roles. Violence and Suffering. Self-Discovery.
Later, however, Shug befriends Celie , and still later, she becomes her lover . A psychologist would probably classify Shug as bisexual, but the terminology isn’t important. The significance of Celie and Shug’s sexual relationship is that Celie learns how to be proud of her body and how to use it to enjoy sex.
The first time the film hints at what it could have been comes as Shug, nursed back to health by Celie from her “nasty woman disease” (possibly tuberculosis ), suddenly turns the spotlight of attention on the pitifully self-effacing Celie by singing “Sister,” a blues number in her honor, at Harpo’s juke joint.
She keeps writing in hopes that eventually her letters will reach Celie. Nettie seeks refuge with a minister and his wife, who adopted Celie’s children. She ends up going to Africa with them as a missionary.
In the Climax, Celie and Shug exhibit a lesbian relationship. As can be seen with the two sucking on eachothers breast, they share a very close relationship that is more than just sex. To Celie , her relationship with Shug is important because Shug makes her feel important.
Sofia leaves Harpo because he is always trying to control her. She takes their children and goes to live with her sisters.
Initially, Celie’s advice that Harpo beat Sofia seems out of character, but we see that it is a result of the cyclical nature of abuse and oppression. When Harpo asks Celie for advice, Celie is given a rare opportunity to participate in the control and abuse of a woman other than herself.