What makes a life good?
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, portrays the beautiful things that God has created for men and women to enjoy in their lives. From the sky to flowers blooming amongst fields, there are many things that bring us comfort. For the women, men were viewed as controlling by most however they are humans as well. The woman who did not allow the men around her to be controlling was Shug Avery. She inspired Celie, Squeak, and others to be stronger. Shug guided the way for women to understand more about God’s desires.
“Trying to chase that old white man out of my head. I been so busy thinking bout him I never truly notice nothing God make. Not a blade of corn (how it do that?) not the color purple (where it comes from?). Not the little wildflowers. Nothing.” (p. 197).
With Celie’s first letters, they seemed to mostly seek help from God rather than acknowledge what God has given her. Celie does not realize the beauty around her for most of the book but as others enter her life she begins to see the world clearly, and adore God for his creation. Later on, in Celie’s letters, she talks about how God and her get along. “I smoke when I want to talk to God. I smoke when I want to make love. Lately I feel like me and God make love just fine anyhow. Whether I smoke reefer or not” (p. 220). She says this to Sofia and Harpo, she speaks honestly about how she feels about God, she no longer writes to him for help but she writes to him for pleasure.
What makes a life good? The idea of a good life differentiates amongst people. Some may want a life on their own, others may want support and friends along the way. We tend to think differently about the world. The Color Purple aims to bring us together and to help us see the world for what it is. We do not all have to believe that our world was created by a God but if we can spend more time to better appreciate it I think that we will all realize how lucky we are to be living such a good life.