Letters 1–9: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Celie: a 14-year-old girl who is the protagonist of The Color Purple

Alphonso and his wife: Celie’s mother and father

Nettie: Celie’s younger sister

Mr. ____: a local farmer who wants to marry Nettie, but ends up marrying Celie

May Ellen: Alphonso’s second wife

Harpo: the 12-year-old son of Mr.____ from a previous marriage

The novel begins with a letter to God, written by Celie, a young girl who has “always been a good girl.” Celie starts writing to God when she is 14, saying that she wants to know “what is happening to me.” One day last spring, she noticed her parents fighting. Her father...

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