The Color Purple

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In the novel The Color Purple, by Alice Walker there are many references to the color purple.Purple is a very unique color especially in today's society.It is the color generally associated with lesbianism, and was previously used in the Phoenician Empire to show that someone was of royalty.The lesbianism significance is an important part, especially in this novel because of Celie and Shug's relationship.Throughout the novel, the inference to the color purple is used as a literary device to describe the uniqueness and lesbian tendencies of the protagonist, Celie.
Thefirst reference to the color purple is the scene where Celie's sister-in-laws try to help her relationship with her husband, their brother.The girls decide that they will take Celie down to the store to buy her some new material for clothes.Celie had never been able to afford her own new clothes, so she was trying to decide what color the new material would be."I think what color Shug Avery would wear.She like a queen to me so I say to Kate, Somethin purple, maybe a little red in it too.But us look an no purple."(Walker 22)This point is when the reader gets a sense of the relationship that Celie and Shug already have.Celie's thoughts are all about Shug.It also is a good job of foreshadowing how Celie sees Shug in her mind.She sees Shug in majestic and powerful colors.It also shows the reader that Celie wants to be like Shug and cannot because they don't have any purple material.
The next reference to the color purple that I saw was after Celie and Shug had started their relationship.Shug is trying to keep Celie's faith in God alive by telling Celie what her image of God is like."Well us talk and talk bout God, but I'm still adrift.Trying to chase that old white man out of my head.I been so busy thinking bout him I never truly notice nothin God make.Not a bl