Discuss the relationship between Shug and Celie in The Color Purple—stress on the womanist angle.

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The relationship between Shug and Celie helps both women, but most especially Celie, to find their own inherent value and worth and to contribute to society in meaningful ways. Shug, for example, takes pleasure in helping Celie develop a more fulfilling identity and sense of self, assisting Celie with defining herself without concern for the opinion or feelings of the men that have essentially ruled Celie's life (Pa/Alfonso, Albert, even her notion of a white God).

Celie learns that she has some talent in making pants, and she makes pants for all people: men and women. It becomes an important symbol, not just of her own liberation from the ruling men in her life, but also of the model that...

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