Unformatted text preview: Each of the last twenty letters of this novel has contained reversals. Shug has run off with Germaine. Celie and Albert have been reunited. Harpo now does all the housework, and Sofia works outside the home. In this letter, yet another reversal takes place, a sociological reversal. Eleanor Jane, a white woman and the daughter of the mayor, works for Sofia ("Whoever heard of a white woman working for niggers?"). In Letter 37, remember, Sofia was imprisoned for not wanting to be a maid to a white woman. Now, one of the children who Sofia helped rear is helping to look after Henrietta and do cooking. Sofia too has become less bold and brassy; she has changed. Once, Sofia had a "the- hell-with-heaven" attitude; now, after having been through "hell," in and out of prison, and having been beaten like a dog, she can believe in a better life. "Everybody learn something in life," she been beaten like a dog, she can believe in a better life....
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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.
- Fall '11