The Importance Of Self-Discovery In Alice Walker's The Color Purple

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Everyone has varying purposes for life. Some people are meant to be doctors, teachers, or maids, while others are meant to change the world. These purposes are found through a journey of self-discovery. This journey through self-discovery is also called life. This proves to be true for Celie in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Celie’s personality was introverted and invisible during the exposition of the novel. She rarely expressed herself for fear of retaliation from those who abused her. Her character traits transform into strong-minded and independent as she travels through her journey of self-discovery. Alice Walker uses literary elements such as foils, conflict, and symbolism to determine the theme of her novel The Color Purple as life is a journey through self-discovery. The first literary device Walker uses to convey the theme is foil. Shug Avery, a glamorous and sultry blues singer is Celie’s foil because she has everything Celie does not; she has charm, appeal, and the ability to make other people (especially men) listen to what she has to say. She also brings out Celie’s best qualities while guiding her through the journey of…show more content…
In the novel, the former half of Celie’s letters were written to God. At the time, she had no other form of self expression, as any other form led to abuse from her father or husband. She sees God as a person that will listen to what she has to say, although she does not fully understand who God is. She is then led to think of God as anything she wants him to be. She decides on the belief that God is a something (rather than a someone) that brings happiness and joy. She has finally discovered herself in letter 90 as she addresses it “Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear everything. Dear God.” (page 242) This transition from the belief that God is a person to the belief that God is a figure depicts Celie’s journey through

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