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

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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 father put upon her, she does not get angry about the unfairness or complain about the circumstances. Instead, she pushes forward and focuses on her and her sister's well-being very intensely.

The Color Purple displays and encourages the resilience of Celie's spirit throughout the book. When positive things come to Celie, like the discovery of her children, Sofia's friendship, or the reunion with Nellie, they come because of her ability to move forward in her life and maintain a reflective outlook about her past. The book's ending suggests that such strength will be rewarded eventually, as both Shug and Nettie return.

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In the text, Celie has to redefine God for herself, dissociating him from the white people and the men who oppress her, in order to reach a place of peace. Once she does so, beginning...

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