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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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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

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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The Color Purple

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 Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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 Color Purple

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 Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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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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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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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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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

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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The Color Purple

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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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

At the beginning of The Color Purple, young Celie tells God “I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me” (p. 1). This appeal to God sets...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2018 1:24 am UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

Nettie comes into contact with American prejudice when she takes the train to New York. In her letter to Celie, she explains the train had a restaurant and berths above the seats, but only white...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 5:18 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

One of the novel’s primary themes is the importance of optimism. Another is the role of female relationships—both friendly and sexual—in transcending the confines of patriarchy. Celie endures a...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 10:54 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

How many times have you read a book and gone to see its film rendition and found major differences? The film was not how you imagined the story to be while reading the book. Well, the same can be...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 3:27 am UTC

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The Color Purple

This book is rich with great quotes! The author uses vivid, descriptive language that makes this story one of a kind. I will discuss some key quotations to help get you started. I'm pore, I'm...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 6:48 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

The themes of the novel relate to the title through the notion of positive and empowered perspective. Celie and other characters in the novel grow and change with age, coming to recognize that...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013 3:59 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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

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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The Color Purple

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 Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

Celie is challenged to learn to accept herself and to love herself in the story of the novel. One thing that helps her achieve this end is a new perspective of God (which extends to a new...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

Celie's experiences seem to support the idea that anyone can achieve the American Dream. Celie is a young black girl who was born in the American South in the first half of the twentieth century,...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019 11:45 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

Walker is extremely critical of African society when it comes to sexism, but she also finds sexism in American culture. The central topic in the novel is Tashi’s female genital mutilation (FGM,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 4:16 am UTC

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The Color Purple

Alice Walker's The Color Purple is written in epistolary form—that is, as a series of letters. Celie's letters to her estranged sister, Nettie, make up most of the narrative. The letters as objects...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018 11:12 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

Loss of innocence in The Color Purple by Alice Walker is most apparently reflected in the character Celie, a young girl in Georgia who is frequently sexually abused by her father. Walker's novel is...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 1:44 am UTC

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The Color Purple

First, Celie chooses to remove Mr. ____'s last name from the text of her own private letters. If she "must" refer to her husband without his last name, it is due to her own psychological and...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 2:41 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

Instead of a motif, I'd say that the sewing could actually be considered a symbol. Celie sews to calm herself and keep her emotions in check. She and Sofia make a quilt, and the longer Celie works...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 3:13 pm UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

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 Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

In Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple, on approximately page 299, we learn that Doris Baines is an English woman who was born wealthy, her father being, as the narrator phrases it, "Lord...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 7:30 am UTC

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The Color Purple

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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The Color Purple

Celie is the main character in Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Celie is exposed to abuse, both physical and verbal. This abuse causes her to be a shy and meek child who tries to be invisible....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 5:25 pm UTC

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