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Plot summary[ edit ] Celie is a poor, uneducated year-old girl living in the American South in the early s. She writes letters to God because her stepfather, Alphonso, beats her harshly and rapes her continuously.
Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam. Alphonso takes the baby away shortly after his birth. Celie has a second child, a girl she named Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts.
Celie and her younger sister, year-old Nettie, learn that a man identified only as Mister wants to marry Nettie. Alphonso refuses to let Nettie marry, instead arranging for Mister to marry Celie. Mister, needing someone to care for his children and keep his house, eventually accepts the offer.
Mister and his children, whose mother was murdered by a jealous lover, all treat Celie badly. Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write. Celie, however, never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead.
Harpo and Sofia have five more children in short order. Kinder and gentler than his father, Harpo feels emasculated due The color purple shug his inability to get Sofia to "mind.
A momentarily jealous Celie then advises Harpo to beat Sofia. Sofia fights back, however, inflicting serious injuries on Harpo. Mister proudly states that he knows for certain that all the children have the same father, indirectly admitting to being their father.
While Shug is initially rude to Celie, who has taken charge of nursing her, the two women become friends, and Celie soon finds herself infatuated with Shug. Several months later, Harpo opens a juke joint where a fully recovered Shug performs nightly.
Shug decides to stay when she learns that Mister beats Celie when she is away. At first, Sofia silently endures.
Miss Millie then looks up and addresses Sofia, remarking on how clean the children are and bluntly asks Sofia if she would like to be her maid. Sofia, who does not work as a maid, straightforwardly refuses, saying "Hell no.
When Sofia does so defiantly, the mayor slaps Sofia. Sofia responds by using her fist to knock the mayor onto the ground. The police quickly arrive at the scene and brutally beat Sofia as she pleads with the prizefighter not to intervene on her behalf and instead to take her children to safety.
Sofia emerges from her ordeal with a cracked skull, broken ribs, her face rendered nearly unrecognizable, and blind in one eye. She is subsequently sentenced to 12 years in jail. Sofia is eventually released and begins working for Miss Millie, which she detests.
Despite being newly married to a person called Grady, Shug instigates a sexual relationship with Celie on her next visit. One night Shug asks Celie about her sister, and Shug helps Celie recover letters from Nettie that Mister has been hiding from her for decades. The letters indicate that Nettie befriended a missionary couple, Samuel and Corrine, the well-dressed woman that Celie saw in the store, whom Nettie eventually accompanied to Africa to do missionary work.
Corrine, noticing that her adopted children resemble Nettie, wonders if Samuel fathered the children with her. Through her letters, Nettie reveals that she has become disillusioned with her missionary work.
Corrine becomes ill with a fever. Nettie asks Samuel to tell her how he adopted Olivia and Adam. Their biological father was a store owner whom white men lynched because they resented his success. The gravely ill Corrine refuses to believe her until Nettie reminds her of her previous encounter with Celie in the store.
Celie begins to lose some of her faith in God, which she confides to Shug, who explains to Celie her own unique religious philosophy. Celie puts a curse on Mister before leaving him for good. Celie settles in Tennessee and supports herself as a seamstress. She learns that Mister, suffering from a considerable decline in fortunes after Celie left him, has changed dramatically and Celie begins to call him by his first name, Albert.
Albert proposes that they marry "in the spirit as well as in the flesh," but Celie declines. Alphonso dies, Celie inherits his land, and moves back into her childhood home.
Around this time, Shug falls in love with Germaine, a member of her band, and the news thereof crushes Celie.This list of important quotations from “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker will help you work with the essay topics and thesis statements above by allowing you to support your claims.
"Shug: More than anything God love admiration. Celie: You saying God is vain? Shug: No, not vain, just wanting to share a good thing.I think it pisses God off when you walk by the colour purple . When Shug falls ill, she not only appreciates, but also reciprocates the care and attention Celie lavishes upon her.
As Shug’s relationship with Celie develops, Shug fills the roles of mother, confidant, lover, sister, teacher, and friend. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years to , relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a.
The National Tour of The Color Purple launched on Oct 7, and closed on Aug 26, Reviews from the National Book Awards. Anna Clark writes: I picked up my copy of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to jog my memory of it for this review.
I found myself swallowing it whole, reading it cover to cover in one day, and not merely remembering why I liked the book, but loving it once again.