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The Color Purple

What is the meaning of calling Albert Mr_______ in The Color Purple by Alice Walker?

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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What is the setting of "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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Who took care of Sophia's children when she was in jail and in the mayor's service as his wife's maid?

"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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Olinka

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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What genre is the novel 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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What are the differences between the book The Color Purple and the movie?

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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How is the epistolary form used in The Color Purple by Alice Walker?

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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What life lessons does The Color Purple by Alice Walker teach readers?

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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Discuss the title of the novel The Colour Purple.  

The title draws attention to the importance of colour in this brilliant novel and how brighter colours are linked to the experience of liberation that characters achieve at various points. For...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2011 6:55 pm UTC

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Explain the title of The Color Purple in relation to its theme.

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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What is the story of the "roofleaf" and what is the life lesson it teaches in The Color Purple, by Alice Walker?

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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What are the types of conflicts in The Color Purple? Is it man versus man, man versus self, man versus nature?

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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What is the tone of The Color Purple?

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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Why is Alice Walker's novel entitled The Color Purple, and what does it have to do with beauty?

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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What are the major differences between the book and film versions of 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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In "The Color Purple," explain the relationship between the color purple and the feeling of beauty.

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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Why does Alice Walker put blank lines in the book The Color Purple for Mr. Albert? And why did she name the novel The...

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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Who is Luscious in 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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In The Color Purple, to whom does Celie write most of her letters? Why?

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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Why was the book "The Color Purple" banned? What was done to allow the book "The Color Purple"...

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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Discuss race, gender and marginality in Alice Walker's 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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Explain the significance of quilt metaphor in The Colour 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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What is the name of Harpo's new club?

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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What are some famous quotes from 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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How does The Color Purple compare to "Everyday Use"?

The most obvious similarity is that both The Color Purple and "Everyday Use" centralize Black women and reveal how their lives can, and often do, diverge. Celie, Maggie, and Mama are characters who...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 6:01 pm UTC

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Is Benjamin Franklin's assertion that the American Dream is attainable by anyone reflected in 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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Explain how the conclusions of The Color Purple and A Doll's House compare with each other and how they illustrate...

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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Discuss the title of the novel "The Color Purple" in the relation to its theme.

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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In The Color Purple, what did the mayor's wife ask Sophia, sparking the confrontation?

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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In The Color Purple, compare Celie, Sofia, and Squeak as they fight the suppression that follows them throughout...

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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What are some key quotes in 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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Explain Celie's resilience in "The Color Purple"? Details

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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Is rebellion a major theme in The Color Purple?  

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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How is loss of innocence reflected in 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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In Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple, what is the background of Doris, one of the church ladies?

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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What are the effects of no quotation marks for examples of direct speech in the attached page (p.23) of The Color...

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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Discuss the title of the novel 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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Describe The Color Purple formally. What is the plot structure in the novel The Color Purple and what type of novel...

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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Discuss the relationship between Western and African cultures as presented in The Color Purple in terms of sexism,...

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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Characterize Sophia from The Color Purple. What effect does she have on Celie?

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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Discuss the relationship between Shug and Celie in The Color Purple—stress on the womanist angle.

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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In The Color Purple, identify the "spiritual reassessment or moral reconciliation" evident in the ending and explain...

Celie and Albert are two great characters to look at regarding this question. Each of them love Shug Avery and have been changed by Shug - and thrown over by her. Both Celie and Albert are alone...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 3:09 pm UTC

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What are the narrative strategies that Walker uses in The Color Purple?

Using a first-person confessional and epistolary (letter) format from a naive narrator who speaks in black English dialect, Alice Walker reveals her "womanist" themes using Christian and domestic...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2011 11:46 pm UTC

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Discuss the title of the novel The Color Purple. What is the significance of the title?

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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What is the theme of The Color Purple? I have to write a paper and give a presentation on the theme/thesis of The...

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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In the book The Color Purple, why does Shug give Celie a room in the back of the house?

After Celie leaves her abusive husband, Albert, and goes to live in Memphis with Shug, Shug gives her a large bedroom in the back of the house with a view that looks out over the backyard and a...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 12:48 pm UTC

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How was Celie resilient in The Color Purple?

Through much of the novel, Celie seems to be equal parts submissive and resilient. Because she is stuck in bad situations, in her youth and after her marriage, her sense of self-worth is eroded....

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 6:31 pm UTC

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What is the effect of not knowing Albert`s last name in The Color Purple? In early novels, it was not uncommon for...

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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Why do Sofia and Harpo argue?

There is a major conflict between Sofia and Harpo, two characters in Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple. What is the cause of this conflict? First, let's establish the relationship between these...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017 4:59 pm UTC

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What is the importance of Celie “seeing herself” in the mirror in 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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