Albert is not easy to understand

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Albert is not easy to understand. His character is at once evil and weak. One usually thinks of an evil  person as being a strong person, but in Albert's case, this is not true. He is weak and he is evil. His  mistreatment of Celie is unthinkable today — and totally unnecessary. And yet his adoration of Shug  Avery humanizes him. Of all the central ideas in this novel, the key to understanding many of the characters lies in their lack  of self-knowledge and in their gradually learning to know themselves and value themselves. This is  certainly true in Albert's case. The roots of his evil nature come from his not knowing himself.  Albert's father didn't rear him to be independent, but rather to be subservient to his father's own  interests. When Albert became a man, he used his father for a role model and evolved into a self- centered, irrational individual. For example, note that Albert never asks Shug to marry him, although he openly declares his love for 
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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