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Summary of "Piecing the Patchwork"

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Nicholas Sommariva Maureen McCarthy ENG 001_002 15 September 2011 Summary “Piecing the Patchwork Self: A Reading of Walker’s The Color Purple” written by Shanyn Fiske argues that always confining in one’s self is harmful and without friendships and social interaction, one cannot fully develop into a person and understand who they are. Fiske tells that Celie, the novel’s main character, makes friends with people who have also suffered from violence and abuse – Celie is raped in the novel. Because she shares this in common with the others, she becomes a part of the social network and ultimately she heals herself through the interactions between her matrix of friends. Fiske writes that Celie admits to her “emotion numbness” (Fiske Pg. 151) as her way of dealing with the horrors of her past. It was this tendency that did the most harm to Celie. Because she had no outlet of her emotion she confined inside herself, which “…reinforces her
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Unformatted text preview: resignation to her victimization” (Fiske Pg. 151). The novel outlines Celie’s journey from severing the unhealthy ties to her inward outlet of emotion to her newfound friendships and the strength she finds from those friendships. Fiske tells that Celie, through her friendships, begins to repair her emotional scaring and become a more stable person. On a side note, the essay also hints that people can create their own lives and do so with the help of their friends. This, Fiske writes, is better than seeking solace through God (which is what Celie did before her friends) and will lead to a more rewarding life. Shanyn Fiske ends by suggesting that Celie is not alone, suffering is a part of life, but more important than the suffering is the acceptance and sharing that gives a person the ability to carry their life forward....
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