[Banner] Now a Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical The Color Purple is the story of two sisters—one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living. The Color Purple: An introduction to and summary of the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The Color Purple, novel by Alice Walker, published in among African Americans, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Celie, the protagonist and narrator of The Color Purple, is a poor, uneducated, fourteen-year-old black girl living in rural Georgia. Celie starts writing letters to.


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What parents need to know Parents need to know that The Color Purple is a moving, inspirational novel told in letters that includes an abundance of mature content -- explicit sex, rape, incest, sexism and violence toward women, and a lesbian relationship.

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The book vividly portrays the harsh life of rural, poor African Americans -- especially women -- in the pre-civil rights South, and has been criticized for its negative color purple book of African-American men.

The novel was adapted for Steven Spielberg's successful film version and a Broadway musical. Stay up to date on new reviews.

Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Alice Color purple book is the voice of one such African American writer that recounts a story which not only breaches the boundaries of an issue like emancipation of women but tries to detect a common pattern in problems plaguing civilizations across continents.

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She gives us color purple book horrifying glimpse after another into the lives of women ravaged by unspeakable brutalities color purple book rape and abuse, lives searching for meaning and connection and seeking out that elusive ray of hope amidst the darkness of despair.

And by the end of the narrative, she brings to light with great sensitivity, that misogyny, sexism and blind patriarchal prejudices are as rampantly in vogue in the urban, upscale sphere of American cities as they are in the intractable, untameable African landscapes.


Because Nettie is prettier than Celie, who has been deemed ugly, Mister is originally interested in Nettie as a wife, but settles for Celie. Nettie runs away color purple book home to be with Celie, but is unable to stay with Celie as Mister tries to assault her sexually.


As a result, Nettie leaves home and color purple book leaving, promises to write to Celie and tells her that only death can keep them apart.

Nettie is eventually taken in by Samuel and Corrine, a missionary couple, with whom she travels to Africa as a missionary.

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While in Africa, Nettie becomes the caregiver of Samuel and Corrine's color purple book and faithfully writes to Celie for decades.

Nettie marries Samuel after Corrine's death and moves back to America with what are revealed to be Celie's biological children. Through explaining her experiences to Celie, Nettie encourages Celie to be more enthusiastic and optimistic about life.

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Nettie finds that while there is not racial disparity in Africa, gender disparity exists. The women of the tribe are not treated as equals, and are not permitted to attend school.

Shug Color purple book edit ] A sultry blues singer who first appears as Mister's mistress, Shug becomes Color purple book friend and eventually her lover. Shug remains a gentle mentor who helps Celie evolve into an independent and assertive woman.

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At first, Shug doesn't appear to be the mothering and nurturing kind, yet she color purple book Celie physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Shug helps Celie discover the letters from her sister Nettie that Mister had been hiding for decades.

In allowing Celie to view these letters, Shug supplies her with even more hope color purple book inspiration, letting Celie see that in the end, everything works out for the best.

Albert known as Mister [ edit ] Mister is the man to whom Celie is married.

Originally, he seeks a relationship with Nettie but settles for Celie. Mister mistreats Celie just as her stepfather had, although Celie does not understand that she doesn't have to tolerate the abuse.

Mister uses Celie to color purple book raise his children, who give her a hard time because she is not their biological mother.

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