The purpose of this project is to analyze the movie ‘The Color Purple” with the theories we learned in the class. In the movie ‘The Color Purple’, set in Rural Georgia in the years of 1910 to mid 1940’s, the movie follows the life of two sisters named Celie and Nettie. Celie and Nettie were abused sexually, physically, and verbally by their father Alphonso but Celie was given away for marriage to a man they only called Mister. Mister only married Celie so she could be his maid, and someone he could also verbally, physically, and sexually abuse as well. They didn’t get married for love because Mister was actually in love with a women named Shug Avery. The movie follows Celie from her young age to when she was old. In the house Celie resides in with Mister and his kids, they all have very odd behaviours but I think these behaviours can be explained through symbolic interactionism, systems theory, and developmental theory. From what I understand systems theory tries to explain how groups of people interact as one system. In the main system there are always subsystems, but a change in one person will affect everyone else in that same system. In The Color Purple the main system is the family, Mister whos real name is Albert, his kids, and Celie. There were also two subsystems. Albert and Celie were a marital subsystem. Sibling subsystem is all of Misters children. Every person in the family does everything Mister says or orders to keep him happy. Celie has never talked back to Mister and his kids only ever listened to him, if he became angry the house could feel it like a thick fog, and he would end up taking his anger out by beating Celie. The best example of the theory happens at the end of the movie when Celie stands up to Mister and finally leaves him. Shortly after Celie left with Shug Avery and Shug’s husband, Mister’s house went into a total wreck because when Celie lived there she was very organized and kept the house clean. Not even the kids would help clean. A few weeks after she left, Mister’s father went to visit him and told him “You need a young girl to fix upp all this mess” but Mister knew Celie was the only one who could keep the house in it’s proper way, but after treating her like trash, he didn’t have her anymore. Symbolic interactionism theory explains the behaviour of people established on perceptual experiences they have based on themselves and other people. From a very young age, Celie was abused and was not treated with any dignity in any way, after all of that this caused her low self-esteem, and that shaped her opinion and insight about “normal” interactions between females and people in higher power, like a husband. Celie now thought it was completely normal for husbands to beat their wives. An example of this happened when one of Celie’s step kids, who was Mister’s oldest sons Harpo, who married a woman named Sofia, came up to Celie and asked her how to deal with Sofia’s attitude towards him. The only thing she said was “Beat her”, she didn’t want physical injury to come to Sofia but that was normal to Celie. It wasn’t till Shug showed her that a man should never lay a hand on her. Developmental theory discusses how humans follow growth and when a pattern changes throughout their life. Humans have to experience these developmental steps in order to grow in life. When was compelled to marry at such a young age, she had to mature faster than other girls her age, and experiences she had learned like learning to cook, care for others, how to sew, and clean, ensured her to be a talented and competent wife to her husband. Celie taught herself how to read and when she met Shug, she taught Celie that women never have to put up with abusive men, and her final developmental step was to stand up to Mister and leave him. With all the things Celie learned while living Mister like cooking and cleaning, she was able to survive as well as making a living by opening up a store selling pants she sewed herself. If she didn’t know how to do these trades, she couldn’t have survived on her own. Overall symbolic interactionism, system theory, and developmental theory justify the actor’s behaviour of their character in the movie well and it’s explained using sociological perspectives. All of the theories show how Celie was the most important member of the Johnson family. Celie’s thoughts in life shaped her. Her growth lead her through her miserable life until she became strong enough to leave, showing if the family had more respect for her, she wouldn’t have left.