Unformatted text preview: About five years have passed. Harpo was twelve when he gashed Celie's head on her wedding day; now he is seventeen. Celie is about twenty-five, and Mr. ________ has just beaten her again. Mr.________'s answer about why he beats Celie is tyrannical; in essence, he states that Celie is stubborn and she is a woman, and all that women are good for is for beating, and wives are especially good for beating. Harpo is confused, and Celie is reminded of her father's own irrational, unexplainable cruelty. She, however, has no alternative, seemingly, than accepting her "role" as a black woman: she is merely a black man's "property"; accordingly, she is an available target for all the abuse that her husband has boiling inside himself. Mr. ________ suffered frustration and unhappiness from his late wife, Annie Julia, and now he suffers frustration because of Shug Avery, his current mistress. And, of course, he Julia, and now he suffers frustration because of Shug Avery, his current mistress....
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