In "The Color Purple," explain the relationship between the color purple and the feeling of beauty.

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In the novel, Alice Walker writes, "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."  There is a recurring them of ugliness and beauty throughout the novel.  Celie is considered ugly and is tormented by her husband, Mr. ____________ who treats her with loathing and disrespect.  In contrast to Celie is Shug Avery who is beautiful and the love of Mr. ___________'s life.  Celie is used by everyone in the book for cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the house while Shug is admired for her talent and outgoing personality.  Mr. C____________ and others don't see the beauty in Celie who is kind and caring.  Celie is like that field of purple flowers Alice Walker discusses, and like people who pass by the field without noticing its beauty, she is ignored and often abused by people who don't see her worth.  She is a woman, black, and poor, yet in her is a beautiful spirit if one takes the time to notice.