The Color Purple by Alice Walker: A Short Summary

By | 3 August 2017

On this poignant epistolary novel that relates the story of two sisters Celie and Nettie, Alice Walker condemns racial and sexual oppression and severely criticizes the brutality that victimized the black ladies particularly within the South. That is a unprecedented story, painful and uncomfortable that performs out over twenty years of Celie’s life by her letters starting at age 14, when she is sexually abused by her stepfather, who later removes her youngsters.

Celie’s actual nightmare begins together with her marriage to Albert, who somewhat wants a servant than a spouse to care for his 4 youngsters, take care of his home, and work in his fields however Celie is joyful to marry him to avoid wasting her youthful sister Nettie from her father’s clutches. Nonetheless the latter constrained to go away for refusing the sexual advances of her sister’s husband goes to Africa as a missionary after promising to jot down to Celie. With this painful separation and an entire silence from Nettie, her life worsens and Celie begins writing to God; a correspondence with none hope of reply however but these missives save her from despair… She continues addressing to “Pricey Good Lord” and relates her depressing situation, describing the nightmare of the violence and isolation but additionally hope, when her husband brings dwelling his mistress Shug Avery for Celie to nurse her again to well being.

This lady not like Celie is horny and impartial and with Shug she discovers the thriller of Nettie’s silence for her husband has been hiding her sister’s letters in a locked trunk and discovering them unlocks a brand new world to her. With the sensual Shug Avery, Celie familiarizes together with her physique, learns shallowness and in addition love; realizing the complete extent of the abuses suffered from her husband additionally provides her the energy to begin a brand new life with Shug. Her sister’s letters utterly rework her when she learns that her father was not really her organic dad or mum and her childhood home really belonged to her and Nettie since their mom handed away.

These letters additionally reveal that her sister Nettie resides with a Reverend who has adopted her two youngsters and several other a long time later, after they return the sisters eventually have a blissful reunion. On this wonderful novel, the writer makes use of the themes of violence and sexual abuse to a shocking impact and the event of the primary character Celie, shows her transformation from an sad, depressing particular person into a contented, profitable, impartial lady.


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