The Color Purple

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Stef Rozitis It is a wise choice as it illustrates the world best. It is a wise choice as the feeling and soul truth of the book challenges our feelings of…moreIt is a wise choice as it illustrates the world best. It is a wise choice as the feeling and soul truth of the book challenges our feelings of cultural superiority as we have nothing but grammar and style to defend against urgent truth with. "Grammatical education"? The women in the book would have love some as a luxury. Witness Nettie who is so happy when allowed to gain an education but Celie has been pulled out of school around age 14 and never given the time or freedom to be educated. And yet through bad grammar and functional illiteracy the story and pureness of love shine through. That is part of the exceptional art of Walker, she does not tell us about Celie's world she shows it to us in every broken sentence about an initially broken life. And then she makes it incandescent! Wise yes, because she shows us our foolish delusion of superiority in this and makes us cry.(less)
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) If you read the book, it's a reference to something Shug says to Celie. She says that she thinks God gets angry when you walk past the colour purple…moreIf you read the book, it's a reference to something Shug says to Celie. She says that she thinks God gets angry when you walk past the colour purple in a field and don't notice it. This means when people ignore the beauty and good that is in the world.(less)
Ivc This book contains a CIS gender woman that falls in love with a cis gender bisexual woman. There are references to these characters’ sexual activity,…moreThis book contains a CIS gender woman that falls in love with a cis gender bisexual woman. There are references to these characters’ sexual activity, and both live in a mysogenistic and violent/abusive world.(less)
Elizabeth Young In historical fiction this kind of censorship of names (including place names) is used to prevent the fictional characters being linked to real…moreIn historical fiction this kind of censorship of names (including place names) is used to prevent the fictional characters being linked to real characters. 'The Colour Purple' is a relatively recent novel though, so in this case it may be used to add to the sense of realism - by blanking the name, it makes you feel as though the author is trying to protect a real person's identity.

Alternatively (or additionally), it may be an attempt to emphasise Celie's alienation from Mr. ____. Despite Celie's marriage to him, we don't know his last name. It is only towards the end of the book - when Celie's relationship with him improves - that we discover his name. Furthermore, Mr. ____'s surname would also be Celie's; by not revealing this, the author maintains a sense of intimacy and simplicity with the reader's connection to the narrator.(less)

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