In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Harpo is puzzled by Shug because she is different than the other women in his life. Most of the women he knows are submissive and allow the men in their lives to take charge. They dress plainly and focus on cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. Shug, on the other hand, is completely opposite. She doesn't listen to the men and does what she wants. She is outspoken and puts Harpo's father in his place, something no one else does. In addition, she isn't concerned with domestic duties like cleaning and cooking. She dresses up, wears make up, and is lively. Because she is this way, Harpo is confused by her, until he meets Sophia. Sophia is outspoken and shares some of the same traits as Shug.