Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple , novel by Alice Walker , published in It won a Pulitzer Prize in The Color Purple documents the traumas and gradual triumph of Celie, an African American teenager raised in rural isolation in Georgia , as she comes to resist the paralyzing self-concept forced on her by others. Celie narrates her life through painfully honest letters to God. These are prompted when her abusive father, Alphonso, warns her not to tell anybody but God after he rapes her and she becomes pregnant for a second time at the age of After she gives birth, Alphonso takes the child away, as he did with her first baby, leaving Celie to believe that both have been killed. When the widowed Mr.
Writers Uncensored: Alice Walker: The Color Purple
Taking place mostly in rural Georgia , the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the Southern United States in the s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of — at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence. Celie is a poor, uneducated year-old girl living in the American South in the early s. She writes letters to God because her father, Alphonso, beats and rapes her constantly. Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a girl she named Olivia, but Alphonso took the baby away shortly after her birth and Celie thinks he killed her. Celie then has a second child, a boy named Adam, whom Alphonso also abducts. Celie's ailing mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed.
Eventually, Pa marries Celie off to a man who is just as abusive as Pa. Celies new husband, Mr. Celie is somewhat happy to marry Mr. However, after Nettie lives in Mr. Though Nettie promises to write to her sister, Celie doesnt hear from her. Celies life gets worse and worse, as shes now separated from the only person in the world whom she loves and who loves her back. Celies life changes when Mr.