This speech makes reference to the Ten Commandments. As the novel progresses, Celie begins to realise the power she has. She no longer has to 'make myself wood' - though Shug reminds her that revenge will only destroy her. Celie learns to stand up for herself not through physical violence but through the power of her voice. Religious symbolism is present in the novel but it comes to Celie through her own perceptions and not the 'white salvation' of the missionaries.