The Color Purple Study Guide

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The Color Purple


The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a very controversial novel, which many people found to
be very offensive. It is basically the struggle for one woman's independence. The main
character in The Color Purple is Celie a coloured woman with little or no education at
all. She is one who has been used and abused by all the men in her life, and because of
these men, she has very little courage or ambition in her life. She has so little courage,
that all she wants to do is just survive. Through the various women she meets throughout
here life like: Shug, her sister, and Harpo's wife, she learns how to enjoy herself, gain
courage and happiness. She finally learns enough and with the final straw she could no
longer bare, she leaves her husband and becomes an independent happy woman.

Celie was an abused woman from all the men in her life. She was abused and raped by her
stepfather and then by her own husband. This abusiveness took away all of Celie's
ambitions and drove her into a state of fear. That is why she refers to these men only
known as Mister, for she had lost her feelings. She feared them so much that she would
always do whatever she was told without hesitation, because she was fearful of being
beaten. The first evidence comes from the opening line of the novel, You better not never
tell nobody but God… (P.11). That is why all her letters open with Dear God, because she
fears what will happen to her if she does tell anyone. And it is because of these men,
that she has very little courage or ambition, for they took the fight or will out of her.

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