Shug is proud of Celie and wants to make her comfortable

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Shug is proud of Celie and wants to make her comfortable, less frustrated in her new role. For that  reason, Shug decides to make Celie a pair of pants. Initially, Celie objects, but Shug explains that  Celie will have more freedom of movement, literally, if she doesn't wear dresses. On a symbolic level,  of course, Shug has decided to introduce Celie to options and practicality. There is no reason for  Celie to be confined in a dress (a symbol of female oppression) when she can explore the  possibilities that exist for a person who wears pants. Remember that in Letter 28, Celie watched  Sofia — strong in her role as an independent-minded woman, dragging a ladder and "wearing a old  pair of Harpo pants." In addition, making pants with Shug is similar to Sofia and Celie's joint effort in  making the "Sister's Choice" quilt. Returning to the matter of Nettie's letters, Nettie continues to be Celie's teacher, anxious to share 
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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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