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  • Created by: Holly
  • Created on: 10-01-13 17:37
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  • Themes
    • Racial segregation
      • The  man in  the shop serving Corrinne and Celie
      • Sofia being beaten down
        • Eleanor Jane tries to befriend her saying her baby won't be racist, but Sofia says society will make him
      • Doris Baines highlighting the difference between whites and blacks: Recources/faith. However understand similarities with daisy imagery
      • The white men destroying the Olinka village, including their god
        • The Olinka cheiof speaking Yanglush shows how not all  differences can be overcome. Narrative and voice here is lacking as others have used to overcome it
      • Netties travels
        • Nettie seeing the Harlem in New York showing freedom is possible for blacks
          • She is downheartened when she reasises that the society's walls are dominated by white people
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      • Squeak is raped by her white uncle
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    • Colour
      • The  Olinka reverse the traditions of America by dressing in white for funerals. White symbolises death. The men that come to destroy the village are instructed by a white house
        • The white men destroying the Olinka village, including their god
          • The Olinka cheiof speaking Yanglush shows how not all  differences can be overcome. Narrative and voice here is lacking as others have used to overcome it
    • Religion
      • Celies voice is ddependent on God only at the start
      • Nettie and Samuel find a more internal god
      • Shug teaches Celie of a more internal God
        • Nettie and Samuel find a more internal god
      • The  Onlinka worship roofleaf and criticise the American bible, parralleling Shugs beleifs
        • When Celie  speaks with Sofia about what she does when she is mad she speaks of organised religion stopping her pent up anger
        • Hardships force Celie to give up on God, in the male form
        • After Celie leaves Mr___ "git religion" this is not by going to church and conforming to white peoples religion. Instead he gets it by recognising his sins against Celie and he tries to turn decent, again showing religion is something more internal rather than dominated by a man.
      • Sexism + Male dominance
        • Harpo is indocrinated by his father
          • He tries to inflict conventions on Sofia
            • Sparks flie when Sofia opposes him
            • Sofia eventually teaches him to be content
            • He likes doing womens jobs
          • Has  potential to form good relationships with women but is scared
            • Sparks flie when Sofia opposes him
        • Within the Olinka communtity. Difficulty understanding who is the opressor and oppressed. Worldwide sexism
        • Celie is given away like produce.
        • The concept of God as a man is confronted
          • Hardships force Celie to give up on God, in the male form
        • Pa is  portrayed as the worst male, he is selfish, violent, peadophilic and a liar
        • Celie finds care away from males
          • Shugs love
          • In Church
          • Sofia, Squeak and others influeces
          • She manages to escape male dominance with their influence and moves to Tennesse
      • Relationships
        • Sofia and Harpo
        • Celies realtionship with God
        • Sofias ability to fight comes from her relationship with her sisters
        • Strong relationships between women help the Olinka women deal with polygamy
        • Celie is freed from her family relationship with pa
        • Shugs renaming Celie miss and a virgin takes away her relationship status and allows her susequentallyto begin growing
        • Nettie and Samuel show how moving on is good
      • Gender Reversal
        • He likes doing womens jobs
        • Shug and Sofia not like women but also not like men
        • Sofia loves doing 'manly' activities
        • Shug acts like a man
          • She has sexual assertiveness
        • Sexual ambiguity with Celie and Shug
      • Narrative and voice
        • Celie is silencedaat the start
        • Shugs renaming Celie a miss and virgin allows her the chance to start over again
          • Shugs influence in general allows this. She sees Shug backtalking Albert all the time
          • At the same time Celie gives Shug a new more caring voice
        • Netties letters,, emancipation from fear of God and Sofias refusal to be downtrodden all encourage Celie to stand up to mr___ whom she does with great verbosity
        • Squeak stands up and claims her name as mary agnes
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        • Sofias honesty causes her to be hurt
        • Mr___ causes a break between Celie and Nettie cutting of their ability to narrate to one another
      • Sisterhood
        • Nettie still teaches Celie when she is away through her letters
        • Shug acts as Celies lover, mother and sister - They run of like two prankish girls and build dream houses together
        • Sofias has had her sisters with her to stand up against males all her life
        • Tashi and Olivia form a sisterhood despite the divisions between th e Africans and Americans
      • Violence
        • Sofia and Celie both recieve violence in childhood and their relationships
          • Sofia had to fight with her sisters
          • Celie was raped by her father
          • Harpo attempts to dominate Sofia
          • Mr___ dominates Celie
            • He turns her into an emotional piece of furnature
        • Sofia is beaten to a pulp in prison
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      • Business
        • Harpo begins to be a new man with his business
        • Shug makes her own money
        • Celie  gets money through her usiness
          • Shug makes her own money
          • She hires a white man and Sofia
        • Squak follows her dreams ti be a singer
          • Africa demonstrateshow workpeople can be oppressed by companies
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        • Education
          • Nettie teaches Celie throughout
            • Pa prevents Celie from learning but Nettie doesn't stop,
          • The character continuously portrayed as kind has been educated
          • Pa prevents Celie from learning but Nettie doesn't stop,
          • Nettie  suceeds in helping the olinka and also helps Celie i n her seperate context at the same time
          • Walker also shows how it is the mind that is strongest though, how you say it does not stop people lovig you i.e shug
            • Also shows how it wont help if not love is present though with the cheif yanglush

      Comments

      Billie Cook

      This is great! Thank you for sharing :-)

      lol

      Really good but i can't read it :(


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