Interpreting God In ?The Color Purple?
Interpreting God in The Color Purple
Historically, in Christian religions God and Jesus have been represented as white men. The main reason for this are white missionaries spread their religion to the other ethnic groups. Slaves learned about Christianity from their white masters. White men were drawn in pictures to represent the images of God and Jesus. Celie, Shug, and Nettie rejects the idea that God was white and formed their own beliefs.
In the beginning of the book Celie believes God is a white man, which eventually leads to her renouncing God. At that point in her life Celie hates all men. To her God is a man; therefore he will do her no good. No man in her life has ever done anything but hurt her, she expects no more from God than she would from any other man. ?I say, the God I been praying and writing to is a man. And act just like all the other mens I know. Trifling, forgetful and lowdown? (pg 199). All her life Celie has seen the pictures of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and God they have all been of white
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