The Concept of Change in 'the Color Purple'

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Change is everywhere around us creating impacts on life whether they may be positive or negative. It alters physical, social, sexual, psychological, spiritual or environmental events which could either be planned or not. There are many ideas of change expressed in Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” that bring about new perceptions of the concept of change. These ideas were not thought of in the previous insights of change. This epistolary novel, being written in first person, has given the readers a deeper understanding and emotion into inner personal changes, as well as changes in relationships and changes in religion. This illustrates that change is found in every aspect of life; whether that involves an individual, a group of people, or nothing to do with people but the environment they live in. Alice Walker introduces change of personal and inner alterations within her novel “The Color Purple”. Among the pages 183 and 184, Celie improves her attitude towards life significantly as she writes letters to her dearly loved sister, Nettie. As she writes to her, she explains how happy she is with her life at that point in time. In the sentence, “I am so happy. I got love, I got work, I got money, friends and time.” Walker expresses the use of first person narration which creates a more intimate and personal view into how Celie feels. With this sense of connection, the reader responds with dramatic views that give a good input to a better understanding on the concept of change. Changes in relationships are a very common form of alteration that is conveyed throughout the pages of this epistolary novel. While in a deep love with Shug Avery, Celie finds out that Shug noticed a boy of nineteen years old that showed an interest in her. Unlike Celie, Shug has an attraction to men which Celie does not understand. “But Celie, I have to make you understand. Look, I’m gitting

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