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Initially, Shug Avery seems litile more than a flashy blues singer who is not only selfish, but also  arrogant. However, the key to Shug's character is the element of surprise: Shug always catches us  off-guard. In particular, we never expect the self-centered and seemingly superficial Shug to awaken  love and self-esteem in Celie, and we certainly never expect Celie to awaken generosity in Shug. However, just as Celie has never had the opportunity to recognize the potential of herself, Shug has  tried to avoid realizing the truth about who she herself is. For example, Shug discarded her name —  "Lilly" — and adopted the nickname (not a real name) of "Shug," suggesting a bite of super- sweetness, a quality that is exactly diametrical to the "real" Shug. Shug, in fact, refuses to be  "sweet"; she is uncompromisingly honest. Her first words to Celie are "You sure 
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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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