Analysis Of Alice Walker's The Color Purple

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Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is the autobiography of Celie Johnson who grew up in rural Georgia in the early 1900s. Celie is plagued by a life filled with misery, abuse and neglect. Alice Walker uses letters written by the main character to not only illustrate the life of a poor and uneducated black women. She also demonstrates the ease in which oppression can become tolerated. I would argue that Celie lives her life in reverse order. As the book begins, I characterize Celie as “almost dead” living without purpose or passion. As her character develops, she migrates to “barely living” in my estimation. Luckily, through the various experiences, Celie begins to gain confidence, fight back eventually “thrive!” The Color Purple is a story about growth, endurance, and fight, all nurtured by love (Citation #1).

Almost Dead
When the novel opens, Celie is a 14 year old uneducated black girl being raised by her father and a sick mother. Celie was born into a poor family and there were too many children for her mother to take care of. She believes that she is ugly, unwanted and unloved by everyone other than God. She writes letters to God because he is the only person she can talk to. Celie is physically and sexually abused by her father. As a result, she has two children that are taken by her father who is also their father. Celie assumes the were killed or sold. Her mother is increasingly ill and eventually dies. Celie feels used and abused, but does not understand why. So many bad things have happened to Celie that she lacks self-esteem and confidence. Barely Living
Although her father remarries a girl her age, Celie assumes the role of taking care of her father and the other children. She, in particular, looks after her younger sister Nettie who is just 2 years younger. The father believe that it is time for the Celie to marry. He negotiates a deal to sell Celie to a local farmer named Mister with several children. Celie trades one tragic scenario for one only slightly better. She begins a life with Mister who uses Celie as a maid and caretaker for his children. Celie’s husband Mister and his children become the newest abusers of Celie. Celie remains accepting of her life and find
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