Plot summary[ edit ] Celie is a poor, uneducated year-old girl living in the American South in the early s. She writes letters to God because her stepfather, Alphonso, beats her harshly and rapes her continuously. Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam. Alphonso takes the baby away shortly after his birth.
In the first few letters, Celie tells God that she has been raped by her father and that she is pregnant for the second time with his child.
Celie soon marries Mr. Several years later, Celie eagerly accepts the responsibility of nursing Shug back to health, thus beginning a lifetime of friendship and love between the two women.
Sofia later confronts Celie about this betrayal, but that confrontation leads to a deep and enduring sisterhood, and Sofia remains an independent, strong woman throughout the novel.
Just as scraps of cloth come together to form a new, strong, useful product, so, too, can black women come together to forge a similar strong and useful bond. When trying to help Sofia, Squeak is raped by her uncle, the prison warden, but in telling her friends about the rape, she becomes stronger, insisting that she will no longer be called by her nickname and beginning to compose her own blues music.
Sofia is able to leave prison, but she finds herself caged nonetheless, working as a maid in a white household. Meanwhile, Nettie has become a missionary in Africa and has written countless letters to Celie, all of which Albert has hidden.
Nettie, in spite of her upbringing, is a self-confident, strong, faith-filled woman. That confidence soon turns to fury—over her rapes, her beatings, and the love and affection the men in her life have kept from her. With her new-found strength, Celie confronts her father, whom she has just learned is her stepfather and not a blood relative, and this brings great relief to Celie, who now know that her children are not her brother and sister.
She also confronts Albert, leaves him, and moves to Memphis to live with Shug, a move that stuns and pains Albert. In Memphis, Celie, who started wearing pants when she gained her strength and self-confidence, opens a business as a pantsmaker. Later, after Shug has taken on a male lover, Celie visits Albert, and they develop a new bond that eventually grows into love and respect.critical analysis of the novel “the color purple” " The Color Purple " is regarded as Walker 's most successful and critically acclaimed benjaminpohle.com primarily talks about the story of Celie, a poor, barely literate Southern black woman who struggles to escape the brutality of her treatment by men.
Aug 12, · Dive deep into Alice Walker's The Color Purple with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion In the opening pages of the novel, Alice Walker invokes “the Spirit” to assist her in the. Book Summary Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Alice Walker's The Color Purple weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, .
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, is a very intense book to read.
By intense, it is a book touching very difficult and hard aspects of life of a poor, black oppressed woman in the early twentieth century. Walker does social criticism in her novel, mostly criticizing the way black women were. In this lesson, we will summarize her book, The Color Purple, and take note of some the key quotes that make the novel so memorable!
The story takes place in rural Georgia for most of the book. Aug 12, · Review of The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. The New York Times Book Review, July 25, , 7. Comprehensive review of The Color Purple consisting of analysis of theme and technique.