The Awakening of Women's Independence ————Comment on "Purple"

Pearline 2022-04-24 07:01:06



"Purple" is a 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg. Everything in the film is the world through the eyes of a black woman played by Whoopi Goldberg. This is a story that takes place in the American West in 1909. It revolves around the life of the film's protagonist, Sally, from the very beginning. Her hazy longing and pursuit, to finally gain freedom and become an independent woman, is presented to the public in a way similar to that of a documentary. In this film, through the unfortunate beginning of Celie, the oppression gradually turned into resistance, and gradually changed her mind under the influence of Xiuge and her sister Neti, and finally stepped out bravely and became a free woman. This is a difficult process for the formation of female independence consciousness, which reflects the awakening of Sealy's female independence consciousness. Including the oppressed women represented by Celie and the awakening of their independence consciousness, more and more women are fighting for their rights, shouting for freedom, fighting for women to be treated equally, and getting rid of the long-term humiliation. status.
The film adopts a single causal linear structure, and is mainly based on chronological and single clues. The influence of women appearing at different stages on Celie gradually formed the awakening of Celie's independent consciousness of women. Starting from the first woman in the film, that is, Celie's younger sister, Neti, who is the most important person for Celie. Netty is the spiritual sustenance of Celie. The only one who loves me." At the same time, in the whole film, the existence of Neti is a clue that runs through the whole film. The film starts with the sisterhood of Celie and Neti. Even if Neti appears not many times in the film, it is often mentioned. Among them, Neti's letter is a plot that cannot be ignored in the film. It can be said that Neti's letter prompted Celie to make the decision to leave with Suger. In the description in Neti's letter, Celie realized that there are so many things that I have never seen or heard of, that there are so many strange animals, and it turns out that people outside are like this. Neti's letter is like opening a door to a new world for Celie, which makes Celie yearn for her incomparably longing, and finally prompts Celie to leave with Xiuge and become one of the representatives of independent women.
The film begins with a beautiful field full of bright purple flowers. This beautiful field exists here as an ideographic element. For Sister Sally, this field represents happiness, tranquility and beauty. life; this is a childhood dream; a portrayal of innocent life; it is also the life that Sealy has always pursued and longed for. From the playful panorama of the two sisters, we can see that the older sister is painting from the right and becomes the younger sister dancing in the wind alone. Obviously, the focus here is on the younger sister. The younger sister is more active in the game, which reminds the fate and character of the pair of sisters: the older sister is relatively weak and submissive; the younger sister is strong and rebellious. After Celie was forced to marry Albert, Netty went to Celie, and she kept saying to Celie, fight, fight! But Sally didn't know what struggle was, let alone what resistance was, she only knew blind obedience. But Neti was different. She knew from beginning to end that she had to resist, and it was precisely because of her spirit of resistance that her destiny was completely opposite to that of Celie. From the beginning of the film, we can see that although Celie and Neti are sisters, they are completely opposite people. Such a contrast paved the way for the fate of the two in the film.
In the film, Xiu Ge's red dance clothes appeared in Celie's world like a touch of bright hope. Red not only represents Xiu Ge's passionate and unrestrained character, but also represents Xi Li's hope. It is like a colorful flame rising from Celie's black world, igniting the passion in her life and enriching her world from now on. Xiu Ge told Sealy that she was beautiful, and asked Sealy to put on her red dance clothes and make her wriggle like her in front of the mirror, laughing wildly. Celie, who was wearing the dance clothes, seemed to have the courage to look at herself seriously for the first time, just like the power given to her by the red dance clothes. In fact, this power comes from Xiuge. It is Xiuge's freedom and unrestrainedness that infects her, and it is Xiuge's talent that makes her envious and eager. Every time Xiu Ge appeared, it was a gorgeous color, sending a different color to Xi Li's world. Just like the influence it brings to Xi Li every time she appears, Xi Li gradually develops a sense of independence and eventually becomes an independent female representative together with Xiu Ge.
In the film, the song is the most important part, taking "Ciri's Melancholy" as an example, showing the emotional resonance throughout the film. Isn't Sealy's melancholy the melancholy of Xiuge, or the melancholy of most women like Sealy? Seemingly singing Celie's melancholy, the same Xiuge is also singing for herself. Although Xiu Ge and Xi Li are the contrast between the two images, it seems that she is free, but in reality Xiu Ge's freedom is only physical freedom compared to Xi Li's, her mind is not free. Her freedom was considered deviant by her father. Even though Xiuge bravely pursued her freedom, her heart was still not free, because her father did not approve of it. Therefore, most of what Xiuge did was to prove to his father, to prove to his father, and to fight for the freedom of his heart. The fight lasted a lifetime, with Celie fighting for as long as she did, and in the end she succeeded. At the end of the film, Suger sang the song of the church and led a group of people into the church. She used her song to win her freedom, her father's approval, and her father's approval.
In the film, Celie seems to be the most unfortunate person, but she is the luckiest person, and the real unfortunate person is Sophia. This woman who resisted at the very beginning, she resisted all men and used her fists to fight for her freedom, but in the end, because of such resistance, she suffered seven years in prison. Sophia's appearance was very special. She kept moving forward when she went to Albert's house, with a clear goal and the courage to fight, forming a clear contrast with Celie. Just stand up and fight and life will be different, this is Sophia's message to us. Unfortunately, although Sophia is resisting, she is still not independent. She is only good at protecting herself and giving herself a certain freedom. But in the end, this little bit of freedom was destroyed by her resistance. The desperate resistance made her finally enter the cell and was beaten in one eye. This misfortune has been around her in the second half of her life, making her like Celie is average, not even as good as Celie. But Celie's ultimate sense of independence also deeply affected Sophia, who picked herself up again and faced life again.
The four female images shown in the film all represent, to a certain extent, different stages of the awakening of women's independent consciousness. As the main representative of Celie, Neti, Xiuge and Sophia formed a certain influence in Celie's world, promoting the awakening of Celie's female independent consciousness. At the same time, Celie's life also represents the life of most women, and her awakening also represents the awakening of most women, extending from Celie's story to the story of all human beings. In Sealy's time, women's independence consciousness was just awakened. In today's society, women's independence consciousness has a complete system. We believe that with the continuous progress of modern society, women's independent consciousness is also constantly improving.

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The Color Purple quotes

  • Celie: [to Albert] Till you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna' fail.

  • Celie: The more things change, the more they stay the same.