Adversity In The Colour Purple

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During the first heart transplant surgery, Dr. Christiaan Darvall delivered the first human heart to fifty three year old Lewis Washkansky; who was dying from chronic heart disease. In the book The Colour Purple written by Alice Walker, the reader responds to the crucial encounters that Celie, a poor Black Woman, bears. Through Celie’s long “surgery” to rehabilitation, she elicits feelings of helplessness, hatred, and contentedness. Similar to Lewis Washkansky, Celie is atrociously diseased with depression. The brutal circumstances Celie endures evoke an achy pain of the disability to fight back. Being as defenceless as she is, Celie expresses how much she is incapable of “fight[ing]…all [she] know[s] how to do is stay alive” (18), generating the apprehension of her helplessness. The agonizing misery accompanies the fact that Celie “was just going on fourteen” (113) when she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather. Due to this awakening type of abuse, the reader senses the ultimate awareness of Celie’s adversity. Additionally, Albert’s words to Nettie arouse the soreness of…show more content…
Mama was a great factor to Celie’s discouragement due to her “screaming and cussing” (2) at the mournful Celie. Assuredly, Alphonse caused the dreadful agitation that Celie feels around men in general. Wounded up, physically and emotionally, Celie grieves from Alphonse’s “beat[ings]” (5) extracting an astounding load of revulsion. Besides all of these repulsive figures, Celie suffers from the perspectives of the society itself. Celie lives in a world that believes that “a girl is nothing to herself; only to her husband can she become something” (156). Amidst this lies the perspective of African Americans in a racist and white supremacist America that places the Black woman at the bottom in the society’s hierarchy. Dealing with an ignorant civilization, Celie is forced to rise above it

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