Day 3

The Color Purple Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    What are Sofia's thoughts on race? How does working for Miss Millie affect her?

    Sofia wonders why "we ain't already kill them off" when she thinks about white oppressors. She is filled with anger toward white society. She doesn't have any genuine interest in or care for the Mayor's children, and simply sees them as part of the enemy. The fact that she was put into service unwillingly means she is in a situation reminiscent of the days of slavery. She has no power to change her circumstances, and, therefore, must play by the rules if she wants to survive and see her children again. While she is unable to physically fight anymore, or at least to the extent that she once...

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