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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker
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The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a work of fiction, and it is not based on a particular true story. However, in examining Walker's notes and journals, scholar Salamishah Tillet, author of In Search of the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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The Color Purple

In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the title of the novel, as well as the color purple itself, have symbolic significance. The color purple symbolizes elegance, royalty, freedom, and all that is...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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Shug's illness is never specified. Celie hears various rumors. Some say Shug has "two berkulosis" (tuberculosis) or a "nasty woman disease," which could be in reference to some sort of venereal...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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The Olinka in Alice Walker's book The Color Purple are a ficticious people. Nettie and the other missionaries travel to Monrovia, Liberia--a country on the West coast of Africa. From there, they...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2010, 5:57 am (UTC)

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The title of Alice Walker's novel is taken from a line in the text. Shug tells Celie that she thinks it irritates God if people walk past "the color purple in a field somewhere" and don't pause to...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019, 7:06 am (UTC)

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There are many differences between The Color Purple the novel and The Color Purple the film. We might discuss how the film mostly reduces the men to either good or bad, while Alice Walker makes the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2020, 3:50 pm (UTC)

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For a novel with a very grim beginning, The Color Purple has a redemptive message, leaving readers with the hope that it is possible to transcend a traumatic start in life and find fulfillment....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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Sofia is sentenced to twelve years in jail for striking the white mayor and "sassing" the mayor's wife. The mayor's wife, impressed by how clean Sofia's children are, offers Sofia a job as a maid....

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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Celie addresses her letters to God because Alphonso, the man she believes to be her father, has begun to rape her, and he tells her, "You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021, 11:56 am (UTC)

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One major life lesson in Celie's life is the power of her perseverance in the face of extreme abuse, oppression, loneliness, and pain. Even when her mother curses Celie as she dies for things her...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 12:00 am (UTC)

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Sofia gets sentenced to twelve years in jail for sassing—talking rudely—to the mayor's wife and for hitting the mayor. As Celie puts it in a letter to Nettie, Polices lock her up for sassing the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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There is an element of power in the choice of eliminating Albert's last name. Whether we presume that the author (Alice Walker) or the character writing the letters (Celie) makes the choice,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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The roofleaf is actually two things. The roof leaf is first the leaf that the Olinka use for constructing their hut roofs. The roofleaf is secondly the deity that the Olinka people worship in the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013, 1:08 am (UTC)

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As the previous educator notes, the setting for The Color Purple is primarily the rural South—Georgia and, later, Tennessee. When Celie discovers the letters that her sister, Nettie, has written to...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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Lucious is a younger brother of Celie and Nettie. In Celie's second letter, she says that Alfonso (the man she believes is her natural father but is really her stepfather) was trying to get her...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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Historically, the color purple has held connotations typically associated with royalty. It was the most difficult and expensive color to dye fabric with because of the difficulty obtaining natural...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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The Color Purple

As the title indicates, an important symbol in the novel is the color purple. Celie first wants to buy a piece of purple clothing for herself, because it is a royal color that she identifies with...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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The Color Purple

Well, first of all The Color Purple falls under the broadest genre of fiction. The three primary genres are poetry, drama, and fiction. Once assigned a broad genre, a work is then subcategorized:...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2008, 5:20 am (UTC)

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Albert, Celie’s husband, never married Shug Avery, because his own father would not allow him to do so. Albert has loved Shug for a long time, but when he was a young man, his father forbade him...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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The Color Purple

"The Color Purple" by Alice Waker is about the life and trials of several African-American characters. As in today's society, when something happens to an adult in the African-American community...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009, 2:12 am (UTC)

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In The Color Purple, Celie marries a man she calls Mr.__, though she learns that his first name is actually Albert. Albert was married once before and has a few kids, and he is basically looking...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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Alphonso, the man Celie thinks is her "Pa" or father, although he is actually her stepfather, is the father of her children. Alphonso had the role of a father to Celie and was supposed to protect...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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I think, in many ways, it is much easier to find evidence that the American Dream does apply to characters in The Color Purple. The American Dream is the idea that everyone has an equal opportunity...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2020, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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As is evident in the film The Color Purple, Franklin's assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is incorrect because not everyone in the story is able to find self-fulfillment...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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In Celie's tenth letter to God, she describes seeing her daughter in a store with a woman. She had not seen her daughter since the night that she gave birth. Her father (and the father of the baby)...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018, 8:14 am (UTC)

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Studying Alice Walker's early life reveals her attitudes toward men, particularly abusive, insensitive men such as Albert. Walker has said in interviews that Celie initially expresses her awe of...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2008, 8:57 am (UTC)

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Any great novel incorporates numerous conflicts throughout its plot—ranging from internal to societal. In The Color Purple, the most prominent conflict is an internal one: the "man versus self"...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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Celie says that her sick, dying mother curses her because I'm big. I can't move fast enough. By time I git back from the well, the water be warm. By time I git the tray ready the food be cold. By...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021, 12:47 pm (UTC)

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In The Color Purple, the mayor's wife Miss Millie asks Sophia if she wants to be her maid, and this question sparks a confrontation that lands Sophia in jail. Sophia has brought Buster and the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 12:35 am (UTC)

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There are several examples of conflict in Alice Walker's The Color Purple. The primary conflict in the novel is a type of literary conflict known as Character vs. Self. This is an internal conflict...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2021, 2:17 am (UTC)

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Quilting is a very specific kind of creative act that involves meticulous piecing of small scraps of fabric into patterned squares or blocks. The blocks are then sewn together into a quilt top. The...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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In the novel, Alice Walker writes, "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." There is a recurring them of ugliness and beauty throughout...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015, 2:06 am (UTC)

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Celia refers to the jukejoint in her letters as Harpo's. At one point she states that Harpo would cross out the names of jukejoints from old jukejoint signs he was given and replace them with his...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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The Color Purple has been controversial since its publication, with some people finding its vivid depictions of violence, particularly rape, offensive, its language "vulgar," its sexual content,...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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The mirror scene in The Color Purple is crucial to the development of identity and self-discovery in the novel. From the beginning, Celie is told by others in her life that she is ugly. Celie's...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010, 2:59 am (UTC)

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To answer this question, we first need to establish what epistolary form is. In a nutshell, this refers to a novel that has been written in the form of letters. In more unusual cases, an epistolary...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 10:51 am (UTC)

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Initially Celie writes her letters to God, but after she loses faith in her religion, she pens the majority of her letters to her sister Nettie. She and Nettie are separated when Celie is forced to...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009, 2:44 am (UTC)

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Mr.__ is a widower with children who needs a wife to run his household. He wants to marry Celie's pretty younger sister, Nettie. However, their father has his eyes on Nettie for himself and refuses...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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Both stories revolve around women who are victims of patriarchal and toxic masculinity. A Doll's House's Nora, however, lives a considerably better life than Cecie of The Color Purple. While Nora...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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First of all, racism is downplayed in the novel. Sexism is much more prevalent. The exception is Sophia's run-in with the Mayor and his wife, Miss Millie. Few of the characters in the novel have...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010, 10:04 pm (UTC)

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Another theme of The Color Purple is the power of love to transform people and set them on a path towards self-acceptance. Celie has been long mistreated and unloved, first by Alphonso (who she...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018, 5:38 pm (UTC)

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In her novel, Alice Walker creates a world in which black men demean and dominate black women to make themselves feel less small. One could distinguish the black women in the novel by placing them...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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The title of Alice Walker's novel refers especially to one conversation in particular in the book. Though the color purple appears in various places in the novel, it is this conversation that lends...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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The relationship between Shug and Celie helps both women, but most especially Celie, to find their own inherent value and worth and to contribute to society in meaningful ways. Shug, for example,...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Sofia leaves Harpo because he starts to beat her. In another sense, she leaves him because he has been influenced by his father to feel a need to physically dominate his wife, which is at odds with...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 1:40 pm (UTC)

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple could be said to have many themes and the actual color itself has some historical significance in different ways. For example it has been linked to royalty, and also to status. We...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2013, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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This is a rather dark novel through the first two thirds of the text, but in the last third of the book the mood lightens. Though the mood does not equate directly with the tone, it does influence...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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Celie endures sexual abuse at the hands of the man she believes to be her father. Further, she keeps his attention on her, accepting even more abuse from him, in order to distract him and protect...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 6:02 pm (UTC)

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In The Color Purple, Sophia is a bold character who stands up for herself when she feels wronged. She loves Harpo, but she refuses to be abused by him when they get into disagreements. Similarly,...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010, 3:17 am (UTC)

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One effect of using no quotation marks to signify direct speech is to keep all of the letters/entries (written by Celie) directly aligned with Celie's own narrative - her own telling. The novel...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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