Power of Religion & Value of Existence

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Yihan Wang

Mr. Brennan

English 10H:H

12 May 2014

Power of Religion, Value of Existence

Natural science and social science have been questioning the existence of God for

hundreds of years. Commonly, people are all eager for the rational answers to the

unknowns in their life. However, no matter how universe changes, there must be

something that cannot be explained by the existing knowledge. This impossibility

gives people the space to have faith in some invisible power. In Alice Walker's The

Color Purple, a successfully subversive novel, experiencing so many sorrows, joys,

pains, and loves, Celie continually looks for the position of herself in the nature and

develops her spiritual being through this process.

According to the progress of Celie through The Color Purple, I would suggest that

Celie's religious conversion, from believing traditional figure of God to a view that

God is everything, is one of the most important reasons which cause her inner

development from being accustomed to the oppression under the domination of

patriarchy to affirming and finding the value of her existence.

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In The Color Purple, Alice Walker suggests her own religious idea through Shug's

words that God is everything (195). Through Walker's own religious experience, it is

easy to find that she does believe in God, but she is not the traditional Catholic that

people recognize. In her earlier work, she forced on portrayal of the opposition of

traditional Christianity. For instance, in The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Grange

is described as a Christian till he is shot. As Hankinson notes, Walker "unshackles"

Grange from Christianity, but provided him no "final recourse"(328). Because of its

repudiation of Christianity, it is also the evidence that reveals Walker's tendency to


Walker's alternative of pantheism is expressed in both of her ordinary life...