The Color Purple Essay Research Paper Question

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The Color Purple Essay, Research Paper /Question. Choose a movie from the list provided below or find a newspaper story which depicts a social issue over time. (If you choose the latter, include copies of all relevant newspaper clippings). Movie: The Color Purple Essay done by Heather Lockhart The Color Purple is the richly textured, decades-spanning story of Celie, an uneducated woman living in the rural American south. Forced to marry a brutal man she calls “Mr.,” Celie turns and shares her grief only with God. She is transformed by the friendships of two women, acquiring self-worth, and the strength to forgive. We see issues like power in the family, white power over blacks, oppression, invisible walls; we also see private troubles and public issues that are evident

and will be addressed. I will discuss the role of ‘Ideological Power’ and show how it is conveyed. I will speak about a character in the story that is different from myself and give my opinion on his or her character. I will also pick out a character I do not like in the movie and express my opinion as to why I do not like him or her. All these will be looked at in the following essay. The theme in this story is about a young girl who suffers right from a young child through her adult years. Since Celie was a young child, she was abused by her father, abused by her husband, and abused also by society. The abuse centered in a community where there were many invisible walls and they were very easy to distinguish in this movie. The most significant invisible wall in this story

is the color of their skin. At this time in history blacks were looked at as the lesser race. Although a lot has changed, racism still exists today. Whites owned the businesses and the stores; they ruled the country by electing white politicians. If blacks wanted to fit in, they worked for the whites as servants, maids’ etc. Blacks were segregated to their own little communities and mingled with their own. One point in the story shows Celie in a store being asked by the owner to leave if she was not going to buy anything. This attitude is carried throughout the movie and surfaces again with Sophia (Harpo’s wife) in town with her children. The Mayor’s wife makes a remark to the children about how clean they are and if they wanted to be her made. Sophia speaks up and says

“Hell no.” This was a major turning point in Sophia’s life because after she was confronted by a group of whites and bludgond to the ground, Sophia worked for Miss Millie, the Mayors wife. This is where the audience clearly sees racism and classism. When identifying ‘private troubles and public issues,’ there are many we see in this movie. The incest abuse of Celie by her father is supported by Celie having babies very early in life and her father telling her not to tell anyone but God. Celie is sold to a man who really wanted Nettie the other sister, and would continue to abuse Celie by physically beating her, raping (I say rape because it was against her will) and mentally hurting her. In these days the family problems stayed in the family and were not yet public

issues. The public issues, which would now take place are child abuse, abuse, alcohol abuse, family violence, grief, incest, racism, and sexual abuse to name a few. We can see how far social work has come over the years by seeing these problems and setting up programs to help families work together as a unit. Both the female and male characters in the movie express power and oppression. The male of the family holds the power for most of the show. The wife or family must cater to him or risk getting beatings. The female of the house lives in oppression and does what she is told. Nettie comes to visit her sister Celie and is forced to leave when she refuses to give Mister (Celi’s husband) the sexual favors he asks for. Mail is kept from Celie for years and Nettie didn’t know if