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A PBS Great American Read Top Pick Winner of the Pulitzer Prize * Winner of the National Book Award Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color. Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence. Read Common Sense Media's The Color Purple review, age rating, and parents guide. The Color Purple, novel by Alice Walker, published in In Steven Spielberg directed an acclaimed film adaptation of the book; it featured Whoopi.

In the first few letters, Celie tells God that she has been raped by her father and that she is pregnant for the second time with his child. Celie's mother is quite ill and after cursing Celie, dies, leaving Celie alone to face her father. Celie then turns her attention to protecting her sister, Nettie, from her father's sexual advances. Celie soon marries Mr. Celie becomes fixated on Shug Avery, a glamorous blues singer who is her husband's mistress. Several years later, Celie eagerly accepts the responsibility of nursing Shug back to health, thus beginning a lifetime of friendship and love between the two women. The oldest of Celie's stepchildren, Harpo, marries an independent young women, Sofia, and soon after, Celie encourages Harpo to beat her into submission, just as all men have beaten Celie. Sofia later confronts Celie about this betrayal, but that confrontation leads to a deep and enduring sisterhood, and Sofia remains an independent, strong woman throughout the novel.

Sofia later confronts Celie about this betrayal, but that confrontation leads to a deep and enduring sisterhood, and Sofia remains an independent, strong woman throughout the novel. The two women create a "Sister's Choice" quilt together—the symbolism of quilts permeates much of the novel. Just as scraps of cloth come together to form a new, strong, useful product, so, too, can black women come together to forge a similar strong and useful bond.

Sofia later punches the town's white mayor, an act that lands her in prison and snatches the independence she so values.

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By this time, she and Harpo have split up and taken other lovers, so the women in Sofia's life take on the responsibility of releasing her from jail. When trying to help Sofia, Squeak is raped by her uncle, the prison warden, but in telling her friends about the rape, she becomes stronger, insisting that she will no longer be called by her nickname and beginning to compose her own blues music.

Sofia is able to leave prison, but she finds herself caged nonetheless, working as a maid in a white household. Meanwhile, Nettie has become a missionary in Africa and has written countless letters to Celie, all of which Albert has hidden.

Nettie, in spite of her upbringing, is a self-confident, strong, faith-filled woman. When Celie discovers Nettie's letters, she not only catches up on her sister's life, she also discovers that her own two children are alive and living with a missionary couple with whom Nettie works. Nettie's letters about their shared African heritage are a tonic to Celie, who becomes stronger and more self-assured every day.

That confidence soon turns to fury—over her rapes, her beatings, and the love and affection the men in her life have kept from her.

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Nettie's letters also demonstrate parallels between Celie's world and the African world, including the bond that can develop among the multiple wives of African men, the deep friendship and love that exists between two women, the deep love of a man for a woman, and the unrelenting structure of sex roles. With her new-found strength, Celie confronts her father, whom she has just learned is her stepfather and not a blood relative, and this brings great relief to Celie, who now know that her children are not her brother and sister.

However, when Harpo strikes her, Sofia fights back. Celie tends to an ailing Shug, and the two women grow close, eventually becoming lovers. During this time Celie discovers that Albert has been hiding letters that Nettie has sent her. Nettie joins the family on a mission in Liberia, where Corrine later dies.

Questioning her faith, Celie begins addressing her letters to Nettie. However, Shug later encourages Celie to change her beliefs about God. An emboldened Celie then decides to leave Albert and go to Memphis with Shug.

Once there, Celie comes into her own and creates a successful business selling tailored pants. During this time she develops a friendship with Albert, who is apologetic about his earlier treatment of her. After some 30 years apart, Celie is then reunited with Nettie, who has married Samuel.

Celie also meets her long-lost children. The Color Purple movingly depicts the growing up and self-realization of Celie, who overcomes oppression and abuse to find fulfillment and independence.

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The novel also addresses gender equality. The Color Purple was also adapted for the theatre, and the first Broadway production premiered in We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

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