Explain Celie's resilience in "The Color Purple"? Details

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Celie endures sexual abuse at the hands of the man she believes to be her father. Further, she keeps his attention on her, accepting even more abuse from him, in order to distract him and protect her little sister, Nettie. Celie endures her mother's suspicion, resulting from this abuse. She goes through pregnancy and childbirth twice, believing that her father kills her first child and gives her second away. Somehow she remains positive and kind, most especially to her sister.

Celie is forced to marry a man who does not love her, who also physically, verbally, and sexually abuses her. She continues to try to protect her sister, even from Celie's own husband. This man, Albert, brings his mistress to live in her house and Celie not only endures her hateful and hurtful words, but she also tends to and nurses this woman, Shug, back to health.

Celie comes to terms with and begins to embrace her sexuality, with Shug's help, though society would condemn her for being a lesbian and her husband would argue that she doesn't deserve to feel sexual pleasure at all. She learns that her real father was actually lynched and that the man she thought was her father was her stepfather. She learns that her children are alive and have been brought up apart from her. She begins to lose her religious faith as a result. However, Celie finds her own voice and uses it to stand up for other people and herself. She realizes her talent for sewing pants, and she creates a whole new, independent and fulfilling life. Celie comes from someplace worse than nothing -- she is told that she is nothing and no one -- and she still manages to become an empowered and satisfied woman. Without her tremendous resilience, this would never have been possible.

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Celie's ability to see life as it is and accept it eventually helps her to visualize life as it can be and then reach for it. Celie had to learn resilience from the time she was a child or she would not have survived. When she was a young girl, her stepfather raped her continuously and this lead to the birth of two children. Her children were given up for adoption and the damage that occurred during their births left her unable to have any more children. Then she was married of to Mr. who only wants her for her housecleaning abilities and for occasional sex. He make is clear that he loves another woman. Celie simply learns to distance herself from all emotional attachments except to her sister. When her sister is forced to leave, she is able to distance herself from that. Her religious beliefs may also have given her strength ( the book is written as a series of letters to God) and when Shug comes along, she is amazed that such a woman would be interested in her. Thus, she allows herself to be taught by Shug and to stand up for herself and that kind of resilience is eventually rewarded.

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