Celie, "I'm pore, I'm black, I may be ugly and can't cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I'm here." (pg. 187)
Shug Avery, "You know Shug will fight, he say. Just like Sofia. She bound to live her life and be herself no matter what." (pg. 244
Mr. ----, "How come he hardly laugh? How come he don't dance...what happen to the man I love?" (pg. 111)
Sofia, "I love Harpo, God knows I do. But I'd kill him dead 'fo I let him beat me."
Renaming, Squeak (Mary Agnes) "My name Mary Agnes, she say." (pg. 90)
Racism, "Oh, Celie, there are coloured people in the world who want us to know! Want us to grow and see the light! They are not all mean like Pa and Albert, or beaten down like Ma was.", "I think the Africans are very much like the people back home, in that they think they are the centre of the universe and everything that is done is done for them."
Abuse, "All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men! But I ain't never thought that I'd have to fight in my own house!"-Sofia
Purple, "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the colour purple somewhere and don't notice it." (pg. 177)
God, "We know a roofleaf is not Jesus Christ, but in it's own way, is it not God?" (pg. 139), "Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear everything. Dear God." (pg. 259)
Beloved, Ghost, Human, Baby, "124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom." (1), "I am Beloved and she is mine" (215)
Denver, Conflict between Denver and Sethe involving Beloved, Sethe- "Beloved, she my daughter. She mine. She come back to me of her own free will and I don't have to explain a thing." (200)
Search for an identity , Acceptance, Grief
Slavery, Sweet Home (Kentucky), "It wasn't sweet and it sure wasn't home" (14)
Trees, "I got a tree on my back and a haint in my house, and nothing in between but the daughter in my arms." (15)
Bit, New node, "It put a wildness where before there was not any" (71)
Rebellion, Sisters arguing with Mama Elena
Love, "And she swore in front of Mama Elena's tomb that come what may, she would never renounce that love (for pedro)" - narrator
Microcosm (Mex. Rev.)
Senses (i.e. emotion through food), New node
Tayo, Emo- "You drink like an idian, and your crazy like one too - but you aren`t shit, white trash. You love Japs the way your mover loved to screw white men."
Auntie, "Dont do it. He`s (Tayo) not full blood anyways.", "Without him (Tayo) there would have not been so much shame and disgrace for the family"
Animals, Cattle - "Always running south", Fly and Hummingbird- Bring the water back, Bear Boy - becoming one with nature, Sacred Deer, "Mountain lion, the hunter... the hunter`s helper"
Storytelling, Any story like spider woman, clouds gambler, deer.
Culture Clashing, Emo- "You drink like an idian, and your crazy like one too - but you aren`t shit, white trash. You love Japs the way your mover loved to screw white men."
Tradition, "you see, in many ways the ceremony has always changed", "Sunrise, Accept this offering, Sunrise. "
Search for Identity