Characterize Sophia from The Color Purple. What effect does she have on Celie?

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In The Color Purple, Sophia is a bold character who stands up for herself when she feels wronged.  She loves Harpo, but she refuses to be abused by him when they get into disagreements.  Similarly, when she is insulted by the mayor's wife while in town, she speaks up for herself.  But even though Sophia stands up for herself, she does not necessarily think through the best ways to handle these difficult situations.  She ends up splitting up with Harpo and being jailed for back-talking to the mayor's wife because of her harsh demeanor.  From Sophia's example, Celie learns that she must also speak up for herself, but that she must be smarter in her resistance.

she is a strong woman who is more independent and dosn't take crap from other people, she stands up for what she believes in and even has to go to prison.

wezzy28 | Student

She is a strong woman wich Celie is not. She has an effect on her that being trained like a dog is not a life to live.

ecsimons | Student

Sophia is just the racial character of a mammy character. Big, mother like, and kkind of dressed like a slave and just has to have everytthing she wants when it comes to being free and not taking anything from anyone who wants to disrespect her.


To me, Sophia was Celie inner self. Sophia wanted totake control but Celie wanted to get that out but she couldn't because she was afraid to so it took a big role to see Celie stand up towards the end and do what sophis would have done.