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At the same time, in a spiritual sense, Celie feels as though she is performing a sacred rite when she  is bathing Shug's naked body. This two-edged feeling is in keeping with Celie's attitude toward Shug  and toward herself — both with Celie's idea of herself as a lowly servant (waiting on Shug the  queen), while in a spiritual sense, Celie feels as though she is performing God's work. By her own  admission, she says that when she is washing Shug, "It feel like I'm praying." Also, be aware that although Celie is a good Christian woman, she is absolutely fascinated by the  "evil" that she feels is deeply rooted inside Shug. Shug yells and shouts and curses and is "more evil  than [Celie's] mother," but Celie is not repulsed. She remains fixated on the worldly, wicked, and  wondrous Shug Avery. Later, when Shug seems to be recovering, she begins to hum a tune while Celie is tending to her. 
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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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