The Color Purple - Alice Walker



"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it" (pg. 191).


Celie, sexually abused by her father, is sent to live her life secluded from her children, forced into a marriage to a man she barely knows, Mr. ______. Celie single handedly takes care of her husband’s four children, while cleaning the house, and working in his fields. Not only is she taken away from her own children, Celie’s sister, Nettie, is sent away with no communication to back home. While Celie deals with her sorrow, Mr. ______ invites his sickly mistress, Shug, home for Celie to nurse back to health. Shug not only teaches Celie about love, but also helps her contact Nettie. The communication between sisters changes Celie’s life for the better, completely revising her outlook on life.

Did You Know?

"The Color Purple"  was made into a movie in 1985!


Celie and Nettie live 8,134 miles away from each other.


The Color Purple, through addressing topics including stereotypical gender roles, racism, sexism, and female relationships, shows the reader how burdensome life was back in the early 20th century. When beginning to read The Color Purple, I was surprised as to how upfront Alice Walker wrote about very sensitive topics. Within the first few pages, rape, violence, and foul language was mentioned quite frequently. But, I noticed that without these topics, Alice would not have been able to convey the themes of The Color Purple: nontraditional gender roles, racism, and sexism. Also, the style throughout the entire book is different from any other book on the AP List. Since there are no chapters, each section is a different letter written by Celie. The Color Purple is a substantial choice from the AP Book List because it not only alerts the reader of how alarming the colored race’s life was back in the early 20th century, but also gives the reader a sense of hope for their future.


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