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Shug Avery has been presented as a rather likeable character in the colour purple, whom Celie has confided in, and has found true happiness with after the problems she faced throughout her childhood.

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In both novels the narrator of the story seem to have a lot of people surrounding them, however both have someone they can turn to as their role model. Shug Avery has been presented as a rather likeable character in the colour purple, whom Celie has confided in, and has found true happiness with after the problems she faced throughout her childhood. In Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette seems to rely on Elsie Norris as someone she can rely on and as someone she can go to get away from the life of an oppressed young girl who may not always want religion as her main priority. In the Colour Purple, Celie starts the novel off by using a graphalogical effect in italic letters, this introduces the main event of the story about how Celie writes to 'god' because it seems she only turns to god for comfort. Then we enter the main novel being delimited with Celie's childhood life. The fact that her stepfather has raped her disturbs the readers thought about the story and how Celie is going to behave further on, we seem to be uncomfortable to be left with a vision of a young girl raped with no-one to help ...read more.


This shows that when she is with Elsie unlike with her mother she feels free to explore her inside feelings and to feel creative with her imagination; her mother doesn't give her this freedom. Elsie seems to play the mothers role or like a best friend role rather than Jeanette's mother. Celie, through the thought of Shug Avery, can make anything possible when thinking about Shug Avery, for instance she says that when she thinks about Shug and that she knows that Mr.________ has done this with Shug she puts her 'arms around him'. This shows that even before Celie has actually got to know Shug she is already building confidence and reliability on Shug. Alice walker uses a verisimilitude style of writing with the diary form to present Shug Avery as the 'dress to kill, beautiful woman ever seen' to bring connotation s of Shug being a loveable, kind and popular character. By using the description of the way she dresses, the way she poses in the picture Celie has seen it makes it easier for the readers to imagine Shug Avery. Celie already, before meeting Shug, has filled her thoughts with obsessive feelings about Shug, whenever she is mention Celie's 'ears perk up' and when ...read more.


Elsie has been presented as a very close person to Jeanette, someone who tells her 'jokes to make her smile' a person that tells her 'stories to make her feel better'. Elsie helps her to understand the other side to all the religious deeds that she has been hypnotised so much in depth with. This shows that Elsie tries to tech her many things that she should know about, Jeanette's too through the person she may look up to so loveably helps her to be rebellious. Elsie teaches her numerology Jeanette's feels a rush of 'excitement' because she knows that her 'mother would disapprove' this shows that she doesn't really care what her mother says, she will do the things she wants behind her back. Her mother doesn't seem to hold a parental figure. Jeanette recalls that she and Elsie 'had a good time' which shows that Elsie provides happiness and a sagacity of individuality unlike her mother. Jeanette always see Elsie as a person who plays her mothers role because she admits that Elsie has 'encouraged' her and has helped her 'recover confidence' within herself ('thanks to her'). She doesn't see her mother like Elsie, I think that Jeanette would be bothered if Elsie minded something she did, but she doesn't think it matters if her mother disagrees with something. ...read more.

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