The character chosen is Celie’s stepdaughter-in-law, Sofia. Although a main character, she is often ignored or dismissed by many readers. Sofia is dismissed often due to her strength and stubbornness. When compared next to the main character, Celie, Sofia comes off as crude. However Sofia is one of the characters in The Color Purple that grows, but never really loses her core personality. She is strong. Sofia is the opposite of Celie’s character. Celie has a soft outside, but an inner strength. Sofia has a harsh outside, but a compassionate inner side that emerges as the book progresses. Sofia did not conform to the gender expectations of the time. She worked in the field like a man, fought like a man, and would bow down to no one. When she got pregnant with Harpo’s baby, she could have cared less if he married her or not. She was going to have her baby and take care of it herself. When Harpo tried to beat her into submission, Sofia fought back. Harpo showed up with bruises. Sofia ended up leaving Harpo for a prizefighter. She took the intuitive to leave him. During that time most women were dependent on a man, but not Sofia. She was a very strong black woman. Sofia also possessed pride. She was proud of her strength. Sofia did not feel the disadvantage of being black in Georgia. She did not see that white people or men were any better than her. When the mayor’s wife asked her to be a maid, Sofia replied “hell, no” (Walker 2006:85). She repeated it to the mayor’s wife and the mayor. When
the mayor hit her, she punched him back.