March 24, 2014
Sofia Wears the Pants
I find The Color Purple to be incredibly moving as well as extremely difficult to read in some parts. One of the hardest parts of the novel to read was the destruction of Harpo and Sofia’s marriage. I loved them as a couple. Both defied their parents to be with each other and everything seemed to be going well at first. Harpo would whistle all the time from happiness. In many ways, their gender roles were reversed, such as Sofia’s physical labor and Harpo’s love of household chores. They seemed to be generally happy as a married couple, which I thought was a difficult feat considering everything going on around them. Part of the reason I liked the couple so much was because I loved Sofia’s strength. At the very beginning, she stands up to Mr. ____ and walks out claiming she doesn’t need a man. I also loved how much Harpo seemed to enjoy Sofia’s strength. The love and harmonious support within the relationship is what made the marriage’s ruination so difficult.