Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beyond The Colors

     If you are interested in knowing how my reading goals are that I mentioned in my first post, my only response is......Ugh. So far I've read 2 books and we have only 2 weeks left of school. I finished The Trials Of Apollo and The Rangers Apprentice: The Burning Bridge. Hopefully I can cram in 3 more books before the last day of school. Now I'll share a few scenes from my current book that have been on my mind lately.
     Sometimes we receive advice that could help us in life.  Other times we are given the wrong type of advice that could cost us our job, house, or even our marriage.  It's bad enough getting bad advice and finding out that you should have done something else, but being the person chirping the bad advice into someone else's ear can be even more painful when you find out that your words have only caused pain.
     A book that exemplifies this and other types of betrayal is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Yet, in the end there is forgiveness.  On pages 36-37 Harpo asks his step mother Celie,  what he should do to his wife Sofia so that she will be a more traditional wife. Celie does the wrong thing by telling Harpo that he should "beat her." Yes,....I know what you are thinking.  How could a woman advise their step son to beat their wife. Well I've come to the conclusion that Celie is jealous of Sofia because she has a kind hearted husband and I really don't think she even knew any better.  Sofia was a strong, outspoken woman, while Celie was weak and submissive in her marriage.  Celie was married off at a young age in a forced marriage to a husband that beats her often.  On pg. 37 she says, " I think bout how every time I jump when Mr.____ call me, she look surprise.  and like she pity me."  After this sentence she then advises Harpo to beat Sofia. Celie was probably fueled by jealousy was she spoke those 2 simple words, but she probably had no clue that Harpo would have took them to heart.  We realize this when Sofia confronts Celie on pg. 40. Sofia asked why she told Harpo to beat her and her response was, "I say it cause I'm a fool, I say. I say it cause I'm jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can't." Later we learn that Celie is jealous of Sofia's ability to stand up for herself.
    I do not know if I would have forgiven Celie if I was in Sofia's position, but after having a long conversation they laughed it out together. Maybe because Sofia pitied Celie because she reminded her of her mother. On page 41, Sofia says "...,you remind me of my mama. She under my daddy foot. Anything he say goes. She never say nothing back." Sofia had remorse for Celie just like how she did for her mother. It seems like this entire situation allowed Celie to develop a friend, which is something that she's running low on right now.
     If you are interested in The Color Purple you can watch the film on Netflix or You Tube. Or you can buy it on Amazon.com.

1 comment:

  1. I've read "The Color Purple", and the several messages and detailing that it exemplifies creates an overall extraordinary novel. I like how you started your blog with an update of your reading goal, and wrote as if you were having a natural conversation with the readers. I also liked how you used several examples to justify your reasonings while using a bit of wit/humor here and there.