"The Color Purple " half-way done and a remarkable book.
Wow was I wrong on my earlier judgment of The Color Purple. I cannot remember a time when reading a book caused me so much heartache. I cried with Sofia like I've known her for a lifetime. This book is amazing and every tribulation Celie's family faces makes me want to fend for them. I feel like jumping into this book and hurting Miz Millie and the Mayor for all the friction they've caused Sofia. Sofia is an amazing woman, and I admire her characteristics. She's a woman with pride and strength. She never lets a man talk down to her. She always fights back.
She's everything I'd love to be. Her husband, Harpo had tried to beat her numerous times, but Sofia fought fist with fist, never letting him win a battle. It wasn't his victory. She was strong enough to leave him and find herself a new home with her 5 children at the same time. She always encouraged Celie to fight back, but Celie refused too and settled with staying alive. So when I read that she got into an altercation with the mayor's wife and was sent to prison, I hurt. She was defending her family after Miz Millie tried to humiliate her, degrade her status as a young, strong, African-American women. Of course, Miz Millie's true motives for embarrassing her were because of her jealousy. She saw that Sofia had her children well taken care of and a husband riding in a new car. This triggered her; made her question why a colored woman had such a "clean" family. She asked Sofia to be her maid
I couldn't help but cry. I questioned if Celie had been right this whole time. Maybe staying alive was right. But then I thought about how minorties have had to fight all their lives, and that without fighting there will be no improvement in this society. I think what Sofia did was a dangerous move, but a couragous one.