The Color Purple
Alice Walker
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Symbols
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.
Pants-making business

This is a symbol of strong black woman’s independence; leaving her old lifestyle, Celie takes up this business to make her own way in the world

Roofleaf

This symbolizes the backward nature of the native Africans— it is the leaves on their roofs which shelter them from the harsh world of the white Englishmen

The Color Purple

This color, the color of royalty, exemplifies the endless possibilities available to Celie and other black women if they stand up for their own rights.

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