The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The book The Color Purple Walker is fascinating. So far it has been an eye opening book that has proven to be a must read for all ages. The Color Purple touched on the life of a woman named Celie, and her hardships as she struggles with her sexuality, relations, and coming to terms with who she is.Now, let me first tell you that this book does not hold back. It starts, being hard to read and very disturbingly. I had heard that this book was meant for mature readers and after reading the first couple pages I can see why the warning was present.

One thing the reader has to get used to, and something I enjoyed a lot about the book was how it’s language demonstrated voice and character development. Nettie starts off the book almost illiterate, due to the fact she is so young and she dies not yet have the resources to write better. As time progresses her writing improves, a signal of her character development, and she develops her own style of writing. This writing may be hard for some to understand at first, but once understood is absolutely captivating. Another I also like is how she calls her husband Mr.__. This perfectly demonstrates the disconnect she has with her husband and shows how deep gender roles were at this time. The way women were treated in this book makes the book seem like it was set in times of slavery, as Mr. ___ shows little to no compassion for his wife and takes advantage of her shyness. Celie’s father is also awful to her, sexually abusing her and beating her at from a young age, again, showing no compassion for his daughter.

So far I am interested and have enjoyed the book.


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  1. gemmapleas

    Part 2

    Now, I have mixed feeling about the second part of this book. One thing I really DID NOT enjoy was the Africa letters. Now, at first they were interesting, but after over 30 pages of tedious explaining, the reader still doesn’t know what the point is. I had to go back numerous times after spacing out in the middle of pages, often just skimming the words, because I was confused on what was happening. Eventually I had to resort to reading along with an audio book as that was the only way I could keep focused on what I was reading. Not that what happened to Nettie in Africa wasn’t interesting, but the way the author presented it made it hard to get through.

    Celie’s growth as a person however, made up for this fact. The previously submissive Celie who after years of being kicked round, finally stands up for herself. The reader has been rooting for her the entire time, and seeing her finally succeed is very satisfying. The Author finally gives her a victory that she deserves. We also see her come to terms with her sexuality and starts a relationship with a women she truly cares about. Celie also starts sewing and wearing pants, a symbol of her Independence and her perception of gender roles at this time. After a whole lifetime of doing things for others, it is nice for Celie to finally get to do something for herself. It is deserved and needed.Her relationship with Mr. __ has also developed. After years of his abuse, Celie leaves him to be with the person she truly cares about. However, the two aren’t officially separated, and for awhile they still talk. Instead of shunning him from her life, Celie is so confident with herself she is able to talk with them and the two establish a sort of broken relationship, becoming each other’s family.

    The ending of this book is Amazing. The impossible happens when Celie is reunited with her sister, Nettie, Whom she hasn’t seen in over 40 years. This is the last piece in repairing Celie’s identity, and once they come together Celie becomes whole. She is finally happy. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. While it may seem tedious at times, it portrays important life message that everybody needs to hear.

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