1. Names - The nicknames for different characters are an indication of personality traits.
2. Occupation - For the female characters in particular, occupation says a lot about their levels of control over their lives.
3. Clothing - Celie is originally downtrodden and this is represented accurately through her clothing.
4. Speech and Dialogue - The effect of this dialogue is to put us right in the middle of Celie’s world – a black, rural, largely uneducated world.