The Color Purple by Alice Walker

There are many things in this book that made me think back to older times when women had no rights and slavery reigned. Over history multiple pieces of literature had been composed to shed light on how things were in that time period. The Color Purple I would have to say is written in the style of a “slave narrative” showing many perspectives of hardship and struggles that African American women during the 1930’s.

puThis novel covers the story of uneducated 14 year old African American girl named Celie, who, in the beginning of the novel, explains that her father is sexually abusing her. Over a period of time Celie had become pregnant by her father with two children with which she assumes he had murdered one and abducted the other only a short time after she had given birth to them. Some time later her Celie’s mother dies and her husband quickly remarries but continues to still abuse Celie. Celie’s sister Nettie is the only person she can confide in until the day Celie is forced to leave her home and marry a man whom she does not love. While in his home Celie finds that many times his children disrespect her and that her husband abuses her mentally, verbally, and sexually. This is just a small dose of what some women, like Celie, had suffered during those times. There are a handful of women in the novel that describe their lives and what they had to endure to never give up. I found many qualities pertaining to racism and sexism that drew me further into the novel. In some cases I felt the authors words capturing the utter disgust and humiliation of a character or the loving and emotional side of a character.

In my personal opinion I think that everyone with a book collection of their own should have a copy of this book lying around somewhere. I will never forget Celie’s story and the history behind it. ♥

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