The male/female relationships in the book "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

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The entire essay is based on the relationship between Celie and her abusive husband Albert or Mr.______, and shows how this relationship affects Celie throughout the novel.

In the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker, the male/female relationship is shown by Celie's life and the changes she experiences throughout the book .Celie, the main character, undergoes an inner transformation, from a submissive, abused wife to an unabashedly confident and independent black woman and businesswoman .Though at first Celie is submissive to the abusive men around her, due to the positive influence of strong women around her, she grows into a strong, independent black women who stands up for herself.

The relationship between Celie and Albert go through many changes throughout this novel. Albert, or Mr.____, is a man who seems to be a very angry, powerful and hateful person. His father is a man who believes that love is not the point while trying to find a good wife-obedience is.

The woman doesn't have to be attractive, rich or one who is in love, all she has to do is cook, clean and tend to the children. Albert was taught that this is the way to a successful life. He falls in love with Nettie, but she is not allowed to marry him. Albert is forced to find a quick replacement for Margret. So instead he marries Celie. But they don't have the happiness that Celie deserves. "He beat me today cause he say I winked at a boy in church" (Walker 15). He beats her not only because of the anger towards his father, but also because she is neither Shug nor Nettie. In the marriage of Celie and Albert there is no love or devotion. They are just stuck with each other.