What is The Color Purple about?
The Color Purple is about the life of a woman named Celie, focusing on her development from a relatively powerless child to an empowered and self-possessed woman. As a child, Celie is raped repeatedly by the man she believes to be her biological father, and he takes the two children she bears by him away and sells them to a couple who cannot have children. He tells Celie, however, that he's killed the babies. When a local man comes to inquire about marrying Celie's younger sister, Nettie, to whom she is extremely close, their stepfather will not allow this man, Albert, to marry Nettie and convinces him to marry Celie instead.
Albert's children from his first marriage are horrible to Celie at first, and Albert beats and rapes her too. One day, Albert brings a woman called Shug Avery, his lover, to stay at his house, and while Celie takes care of Shug, she falls in love with her. Through this relationship, as well as the relationship with her sister, Celie begins to learn about herself, about God, and about what life can be like for her. Eventually, she leaves Albert and starts her own business with Shug's help, and she learns that her own happiness is important.