In section three of The Color Purple, the main character is Celie. In this section she gains a little more control over her life, begins to express herself through creativity and also becomes more free and independent. Her decision to leave with Shug to go to Tennessee and begin her own pants business is good examples of these things. This section shows how much progress she has made in herself. We learn about Celie through different situations and dialogues she has throughout this section. On page 183, Celie decides to leave with Shug Avery to go back to her home in Tennessee.
Previously in one of the lost letters from her sister Nettie in Africa, she read that her Pa wasn’t really her Pa at all. All of a sudden her world is shook when she discovers the real truth about her parents. “My daddy lynch. My momma crazy. All my little half brothers and sisters no kin to me. My children not my sister or brother. Pa ain’t Pa (Walker 183). ” She realizes that everything she was told since she was a child was a lie and decides to just get away from it all with Shug. No one was there to hold her back. In leaving, she is gaining more control of her life.
She is moving on to do better things for herself for once in her life. Also in this section, Celie begins her own pants business. Making these pants is more than just simply constructing pieces of fabric together for her. For Celie it’s a new road to her own freedom and independence. We learn through her that she has a creative flair and is actually quite good at making theses pants. She uses her creative abilities to make a living. We see that she begins to that she begins to feel that she has more of a purpose. She isn’t so dependent on Shug as she used to be and learns to depend more on herself.
Shug says to Celie at the end of this section, “You making your living. Celie, she say, Girl, you on your way (Walker 221). ” We can obviously see that she definitely is on her way to being more self-reliant and independent. We see all throughout this section that Celie is becoming more into herself. We learn that she has wonderful creative ability and is actually self-reliant. She knows that now she must take control of her own life and not be so dependent on others to tell her what to do or when to do things. She is becoming her own person and we see that in this portion of the book. We see that she is indeed, a self sufficient women.