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Unformatted text preview: One of the qualities that makes Shug such a "natural" in this novel is the fact that Walker did not, by accident, decide to make Shug a blues singer. Clearly, Shug's being a blues singer is central to her character. The blues are the simplest form of jazz like "Shug" is the simplest form of "sugar." And the word "jazz" itself comes from a West African word meaning, literally, sperm and, figuratively, life. In turn, Shug brings a sense of life to her audiences with her singing, and, of course, she brings Celie to life. Shug is full of life on stage, and she seems to live a sweet life, for the most part, because she enjoys shaking and crooning. However, Shug's "blues" dimension is defined by her selfishness which leads to lonely isolation. In fact, her love for Albert is reduced to a simple, physical longing for him. He has slighted her twice by not marrying her initially, and again by not marrying her after Annie...
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- Fall '11
- The Color Purple, God, Purple, Celie, Shug