Is rebellion a major theme in The Color Purple? I am writing an essay connectingOne Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and The Color Purple. I have a theme in mind and that is Rebellion but I need some...

Is rebellion a major theme in The Color Purple?

I am writing an essay connectingOne Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and The Color Purple. I have a theme in mind and that is Rebellion but I need some information to back this up. We have to write an essay on this. It is called comparison essay.

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The clearest symbol of rebellion in Alice Walker's novel can be found in Celie's pants. The pants that Celie makes represent several important aspects of her growing sense of self and of self-assertion. 

In the cultural moment in which the novel is set, Celie's particular self-assertions can be seen as acts of rebellion. 

As Mr. ____ says, it is men who are expected to wear pants, not women. Yet, Celie begins making, wearing and selling pants as she grows self-assured and learns not to care about the opinions of her culture in the abstract. 

Running a business of her own is in itself an act of rebellion against expectations. She also ends up owning a store and hiring Sofia, an African American, as a clerk in the store, again upsetting expectations and norms. 

Celie's romantic relationship with Shug is another way that Celie rebels against norms. Though all of Celie's acts that defy social conventions can be seen as acts of self-expression and self-assertion, they are also often directly contradictory to the understood rules of behavior for women of her age and time.

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