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How was Celie resilient in The Color Purple?

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wenzstar | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 31, 2008 at 9:08 PM via web

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How was Celie resilient in The Color Purple?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:07 PM (Answer #1)

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A person defined as resilient is one who can withstand all of the atrocities of life and still come out ahead--that is Celie, for sure. Celie endured nothing but misery and pain during her childhood and well into her 30s and 40s. She was molested by the man she believed to be her "Pa" (Alphonso), she had 2 children before she was 15 years old (both of whom are taken away from her by Pa), she was beaten by her husband  "Mr.___________" (Albert), was separated from her sister Nettie and was abandoned by the one person for whom she ever felt romantic love, Shug Avery.

In spite of these hardships, Celie finds happiness by coming to terms with her past and learning a sense of self-worth and independence, both of which she gains after she turns her skill for sewing into a successful business. 

At the end of the novel, Celie has transformed from this helpless, dependent and weak girl to a strong, self-assured and happy women who has "never felt this young in our lives". Celie has everything that she desired: her sister and children have returned from Africa, she has a beautiful home and a successful business, she and Albert are friends, and she is surrounded by people she loves and that love her in return.

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