What is the effect of not knowing Albert`s last name in The Color Purple? In early novels, it was not uncommon for authors to use a blank in place of a characters name to create the illusion that the character was someone the reader might know -someone else whose identity had to be kept secret.

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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 emotional needs. This is not a rule put in place by Mr. _____. That should be clearly understood because removing the last name is part of Celie's power, part of her character, and later part of the demonstration of her growth. 

Removing her husband Albert's last name from the text does mimic the...

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