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The scene I choose to analyze where the characters are having a deeply emotional conversation was when Shug Avery took Celie into her dressing room after the fight at the juke joint. Shug Avery allows Celie to wear one of her fancy red dresses as a way build her
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4 confidence. As Celie emerges from the back, Shug sings a jingle trying to get her to dance. Instead of dancing, Celie shyly runs to the opposite side of the room covering her mousey like smile. Shug asks Celie why is she always covering her smile? Shug tells Celie that she has a beautiful smile and Shug moves Celie’s hands down to her lap to show her in the mirror how pretty her smile is. When she does, Celie just snickers a bit and covers her smile again. Shug sees that her efforts are failing, so she tells Celie that she needs a smiling lesson. So, she takes Celie by the hands and dances with her as she sings a little silly song. The song was so silly that Celie belches out an extremely loud laugh that she tries to cover up. But Shug snatches her hands away from her face and turns her towards the mirror to allow her to laugh freely. Once she sees that she cannot cover her smile, Celie began to embrace her big beautiful smile and she starts to enjoy laughing. In conclusion, Sophia responded using her perception of the “feeling rule”. “The feeling rule tell us what we have a right to feel or what we are expected to feel in particular situations; and it reflect and perpetuate the values of cultures and social groups” (Laureate Education, 2016e). Sophia felt like she had a right to respond the way she did. She felt insulted being that black people haven’t been free that long and now this white woman wants her to work as a maid in her home. And, because Mrs. Millie comes from a “white privileged” family, being the Mayor’s wife, her cultural and social expectation was that asking Sophia to be her maid was not an insult. Cultural and social expectations mean what we feel and how we express it are influenced by the culture and social groups to which we belong” (Laureate Education, 2016e). As far as Celie is concerned, she has low emotional intelligence. She has been physically, socially
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  • Summer '17
  • Deneice Johnson
  • Sophia, Celie, Shug Avery, Mrs. Millie

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