CP American Literature & Composition
3 June, 2016
Transformation of Cellie through Four Stages
Just as butterflies transform and evolve, so did Alice Walker’s main character in The Color Purple. Cellie, the main character, had transformed and evolved in the story. Throughout Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, Cellie went through four stages, and transformed from a weak girl into an independent woman. This novel showed how Cellie’s wings were cut in childhood, but she managed to fly with independence.
The first stage of her road to transformation was her childhood. Cellie had a terrible childhood. She was extremely weak, and had no courage to fight back. Alfonso constantly raped Cellie. Alfonso was her stepfather. In her diary, she wrote about her struggle. She confessed about her rape, and how much it hurt. Cellie mentioned her sick, dying mother that she had to take care of while she was pregnant. Cellie got pregnant twice with Alfonso’s children. She was the mother of a boy and a girl. After their birth, Alfonso snatched the children away from her, whom he sold to the local missionary. However, Cellie thought he killed them.
Throughout the novel, a majority of the letters are addressed to God. The reason for this is Alfonso’s warning to Cellie. He ordered Cellie "You better not never tell anybody but God. It 'd kill your mammy" [sic] (Walker 1). Celliehas been silenced in her childhood. Cellie was forced to conceal her struggle, and was restrained from sharing with anyone due to her fear. Cellie was in a position where she believed anyone’s words. "She is sworn to secrecy by the force of Pa 's authority, and held in a speechless bond by fear of her mother discovering what has tak...
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...c into garments--the signification of living authentically or with integrity. Celie knows now her unimpeachable connection to the divine, which is in essence an inextricable link to her "self."” (McKever-Floyd 5)
McKever-Floyd talks about how Cellie will have new challenges, but she will overcome them all due to her new confidence. The future seems optimistic for Cellie, as she cannot be defeated now.
Cellie transformed in four stages, leading up to her independence. First two phases, Cellie was powerless. The last two phases is when Cellie became a bold, strong woman. After being pushed around, she made a stand for herself. Cellie wouldn’t have to face these problems had she been brave from the start. Finally, Cellie grew throughout the story. She developed various feelings in each stage. Cellie was able to spread her wings, and fly as the sky was the limit.
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