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The book The Color Purple by Alice Walker, won the American Book Award in fiction in 1983 (Slomski). Celie was raped and impregnated by the man she considered to be her dad twice at age fourteen, and then later married off to some poor black farmer. The man who Celie is marketed to treats her like she's a servant, not as his wife. Mr.___ considers that women are supposed to serve men, while they like life. Mr.__'s other beliefs about women are that they should obey their husbands, work, rather than be seen or heard (Averbach). Women in this time period were viewed as children. They did not deserve to be respected and needed to be controlled by a man. Celie endures over thirty years of physical and mental abuse by her husband. Celie develops a strong relationship with many female characters in the novel such as Nettie, Shug Avery, and Sophia. They show Celie how to believe that joy can come even to her, the way to celebrate life's pleasures that are given by God, to stand up for herself, the way to appreciate her own beauty, and help her to discover herself (Slomski). Although Celie has been victimized for over thirty years, she finds the strength within herself to become an independent woman through the support of other females. Celie's abuse first starts when her stepfather rapes and verbally abuses her "He never had a kine word to say to me. Just say You gonna do what your mammy wouldn't. He started to choke me saying You better shut up and git used to it. However, I don't ever get used to it. And now I feels sick every time I be the one to cook" (1). After Celie is raped by her stepfather, she's told "you better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy" (1). Celie did exactly as she is told and becomes silent about her abuse, an...