The color purple
A: “The Color Purple” fits the genre of drama because it deals with emothional theme. In this film, the theme centers on gender oppression resulting to physical, verbal and sexual abuses. It portrays a moderate pace and gradually heightens the buildup of emotional suspense wherein the viewer will be carried away in sympathy with the main character.
There is somewhat a sober tone which appeals to the melancholic side of the audience. It does not end in tragedy nor in comedy and the protagonist ends up in a better condition or a winner than at the beginning of the play. Towards the end, the protagonist is capacitated to resolving the conflict and emerges vindicated, contented and happy.
B: In the play the protagonist is Celie and the antagonists are her father (which later on she discovered that he was not her real father after all) and her husband whom she only addresses as “Mister.” Celie is the central character of the story. The plot revolves around her and the race or culture she represented at that time. From being oppressed at the beginning of the story, she was able to rise as a strong character when she started to fight back and to discover her real worth as a person. She was a typical poor, uneducated African-American woman raised in the rural area who was considered inferior than the black men and was subjected to various physical, sexual and verbal abuses. However, she was given the chance to improve herself by the avid assistance of her sister Nettie who took pains in teaching her how to read. This later on paid off because she was able to know the whereabouts of her sister and her two children by being able to read the letters Nettie sent to her.
The antagonists were the typical black men who considered themselves superior over women and treated them as merely objects od sexual desires , slaves, and have no right to speak up their feelings and opinions. These characters are personified by Celie’s stepfather and “Mister.”
C: The super objective of the protagonist is to live a normal happy lie with her sister and two children. She wanted to liberate herself from the bondage of being opppressed by men in her family and to find true happiness for herself by being united to her true family. These situations constitute the true meaning of existence for a person who has knowledge of her true self-worth.
D: The conflict arises between Celie and Mister wherein she was not given a chance to become a person she wanted her to be. She thought marrying him would liberate her from the evil desires of her stepfather. It turned out that marrying him would further pushed her to losing her identity and worth as a person. She was being oppressed by Mister in the area of self-expression and self-worth. She was not given respect due to a human being but was rather subjected to extreme forms of verbal, physical and sexual abuses. The oppression was too much for her that it turned her into a numbed person, insensible to whatever more pain that may be inflicted to her. She almost stopped feeling being human. She seemed not to get hurt anymore. She turned to become passive and meaningless. All she did was almost automatic and mechanical. Meanwhile, Mister was a picture of a super evil person whose only happiness was to inflict pain on his subjects like Celie.
He was so keen on taking away anything that can possibly give a single delight or happiness to Celie such as keeping the precious letters from Celie’s sister Nettie and hiding it underneath the wooden floor of their house. His evil character was even exemplified when he brought home his former romantic partner Shug Avery. He did not mind how would it affect Celie, whether she will be insulted as his wedded wife and as a person.
E: The obstacles to the conflict are depicted in the inability of Celie to fight back due to lack of knowing as to what her potentials as a person are. She could not resist the oppression because she does not know how and why. She was so overwhelmed with fear and inferiority complex that she cannot even open her mouth to smile in public. She has been too accustomed to being called ugly. Her illiteracy further compounded her inferiority. Another factor that became an obstacle to resolve the conflict is her feeling of loneliness. She feels so all alone as if nobody ever care to help her out and to stand up for her rights. She feels her only friend which was her sister Nettie was nowhere to be found. She even does not know whether Nettie is still alive and where she is at the moment.
The lack of support from her true family also contributed to her being passive because she thought even her own father had no respect for her as a human being. Her father who was to be someone who should have protected them from all harm had caused the miseries she got
early in life. There can be no more painful for a mother than to see her newborn child being snatched away from her at the point of birth with no apparent reason. There can be no more painful than for a fourteen-year old mother to wonder what has become of her child and where that child is now.
F. The conflict ended when Celie found the strength to reckon with: first, in the person of Shug with whom she was given the opportunity to know what she really wanted deep inside her person; second, was the knowledge that her dear sister Nettie and her two children were still alive. Shug showed she was important when she acknowledged in public the good things Celie had done for Shug when the latter was in pain. The sincerity touched Celie when Shug
even rendered a song for her in public, and in the presence of her malevolent husband “Mister.” The self-confidence in Celie was gradually nortured. It was further reinforced when she discovred through Shug that Nettie was still alive and well and that Mister had been hiding all along the letters Nettie sent to Celie for a period of time. The confidence was full-grown when Celie learned that her two children which were taken away from her from birth were alive and had been nurtured in love and in a true family atmosphere and that Nettie herself was taking care of them in Africa where the missionary foster parents of the two children were working. Moreover, Celie came out to be not materially poor after all because her real father left her with a modest inheritance for her to sustain herself and her true family to live peacefully and comfortably.
The hope that sprung from these revelations caused Celie to stand for her rights and resolved not just to be shoved around ever again. Shug and Nettie were the two main factors that helped Celie to face the realities before head-on.
On the other hand, the antagonist ended up miserable and defeated. There was seemingly a full turnabout of personal conditions on part of the protagonist and the antagonist.
G. The script was clear and interesting with numerous meaningful scenes, for example, the one wherein Celie looked on the last piece of small white paper with the word “sky” which was the last piece of teaching material Nettie used for Celie to learn how to read. This can be interpreted as “God is watching them up in the sky and in His time He is going to give a happy ending to her miseries and her real family.” Moreover, it has given justice to all the characters in the play: the good ones have their share of happiness in the end while the bad ones likewise had their share of punishment and debasement.