Analysis Of Alice Walker's Color Purple

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In 1982, Alice Walker published her most famed novel The Color Purple. An epistolary novel that has earned praise throughout a diverse audience, the story is set in the twentieth century in the rural state of Georgia. The Color Purple is narrated by the protagonist Celie. Walker was able to give Celie a voice that was yet to be introduced to a post-civil rights movement audience. The Color Purple ultimately circulated throughout a wide diverse audience from African American women and men to Caucasian audiences as well. It is still considered a quintessential literary piece to this day. It caused a lot of questions to arise in the midst of the book’s publishing. One of the most interesting yet most criticized characteristics of The Color Purple is the style of writing and Celie’s troubling search of self-identity throughout the novel. We get to see the struggle of several black women’s journey to find and preserve their self-identity through Celie’s point of view and how they influenced her. Here, we will speak on how Celie discovered her identity and changed her story from hopelessness and desperation to hopeful and independent.

Having lived a life of devastation, abuse, rape, and incest, Celie accepted her life of oppression and chose to let her voice speak through pen and paper. We are introduced to Celie as a young fourteen-year-old girl who is poor and uneducated. Her letters are written in black folk English. The style of the consists of short, choppy
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