Plot summary[ edit ] Celie is a poor, uneducated year-old girl living in the American South in the early s.
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 treated in the early twentieth century.
Walker uses the life experiences of Celie to illustrate her social criticism. The Color Purple is not written in the style of most novels. The author does not tell us everything about the characters, the setting, and why the characters behave the way they do.
The novel is written in a series of letters, not dated. There are large gaps between some letters, but this is not revealed by the author; we have to figure it out ourselves.
The letters are written in what Walker calls black folk language, which also reduces the easiness of the reading. When the novel opens, Celie is a young black girl living in Georgia in the early years of the twentieth century.
She in an uneducated girl, and writes her letters in common language. Celie is entering her adolescence believing she was raped by her father and that he killed both of their children. She writes to God, because she has no one else to write to. She feels that what happened to her is so terrible that she can only talk about it to someone she feels loves her.
She knows her sister Nettie loves her, but she is too young to understand.
Celie believe only to God may she talk honestly and openly about her suffering. Celie is not, however, at this point, complaining to God, she is simply confiding in him. Celie was born into a poor family; her mother was sick most of the time, mentally and physically; there were too many children in the family; and Celie was abused by the man she believed was her father.
Celie feels used and abused, but does not understand why.
So many bad things have happened to Celie that she lacks self esteem and confidence. Celie does not even feel she is worth enough to sign her name at the end of the letters. Slowly, Celie evolves into a mature woman with great confidence, but not before her sister Nettie is taken away from her, and she marries a cruel man who really wanted to marry Nettie.
Shug is a strong woman, and encourages Celie to grow stronger. She reunites with Nettie and her two children, who have been raised by Nettie. Celie learned to fight, to stand up for herself, and she was rewarded.
Celie was able to survive physically and spiritually, and is able to mature into a full, modern twentieth century woman.
In The Color Purple, Alice Walker is able to illustrate the abuse, neglect, and oppression a black woman had to go through in the early twentieth century, but she also illustrate how a woman must fight back to regain the self esteem and confidence lost way back in the early adolescent years.
The Color Purple is a story about growth, endurance, and fight, all nurtured by love.The Color Purple is a epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name..
Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the Southern United States in the s, addressing numerous issues. Celie's letters are unusually strong; they are evidence of an unusual strength in a very young woman.
They are evidence of Celie's painful struggle to hold on — despite all of the multiple horrors of her life. Celie is about to go into adolescence, believing that she was raped by her father and that he killed both of their children. Celie A young black Georgia girl who faces adulthood believing that she has been raped by her father and that he killed both of their babies.
The novel examines Character List. Robert Leicester Hall II Salisbury – Robert Leicester Hall II, age 86, of 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, CT, died peacefully on January 2, of old age in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was a gentle, kind, unconditionally loving, loyal and supportive husband, father, son, brother and friend to all who were privileged to know him.
May 09, · character analysis Celie The three dominant attributes of Celie's personality are strength and endurance, the ability to love unconditionally, and the constant search for truth.
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.