Nobody But God Essay

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Nobody But God Throughout life, people experience many influences and challenges regarding their spiritual beliefs. The normal method in the south is that one first attends church with one's parents, and eventually assimilates into the church. Over the course of The Color Purple by Alice Walker, the protagonist, Celie, radically changes her views about God because of influences in the environment she lives in. She begins by writing letters to God about her life, enters a period of loathing for the lot she has been handed in life, and at the close of the novel sees god in nature and everything beautiful in the world. The novel opens with a letter that Celie has written to God because her father told her, “You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy.” (Walker 1) The “it” that he refers to is his repeated rape of the 14 year old Celie. As is common for children, Celie accepts blindly accepts the fact that there is a God with a watchful eye over all that happens, and takes her father's words literally and only tells God about the rape, even after she becomes pregnant and her mother asks who the father is. She attends church despite her growing stomach and the deprecating looks she receives from the congregation, and after she her father marries her off to another abusive man she actively cleans and cooks for the church every Sunday to the point where the preacher refers to her as Sister Celie. Though “Sometimes they think I don't notice, they stare at me,” she continues to serve the church. (Walker 43) The first indication of Celie's changing views on religion occurs when she finds that her husband has been hiding the letters she has been receiving from her sister Nettie. Celie reads these old, locked away letters and begins to develop a growing hatred for her husband Mr. ______. Though Shug convinces Celie not to murder Mr. ______, Celie

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