Celie is a poor, uneducated black woman with a sad personal history. She survives a stepfather who rapes her and steals her babies and also survives an abusive husband.
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 father, Alphonso, beats and rapes her constantly.
Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam, but Alphonso took the baby away shortly after his birth. Celie then has a second child, a girl she names Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts.
Meanwhile, Celie's ailing mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed. 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, a widower needing someone to care for his children and keep his house, eventually accepts the offer. Mister physically, sexually, and verbally abuses Celie, and all his children treat her badly as well. However, she eventually gets Mister's squalid living conditions and incorrigible children under control.
Shortly thereafter, Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie's house, where Mister makes sexual advances toward her. Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well-dressed black woman that she saw in the general store a while back; the woman has unknowingly adopted Olivia and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own.
Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write. Celie, however, never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead.
Time passes and Harpo, Mister's son, falls in love with an assertive girl named Sofia, who becomes pregnant with Harpo's baby and, despite initial resistance from Mister, Harpo marries Sofia. Harpo and Sofia have five more children in short order.
Celie is amazed by Sofia's defiant refusal to submit to Harpo's attempts to control her. Kinder and gentler than his father, Celie advises Harpo not to try to dominate Sofia. Harpo temporarily follows Celie's advice but falls back under Mister's sway.
Celie, momentarily jealous of Harpo's genuine love of Sofia, then advises Harpo to beat her. Sofia fights back, however, and confronts Celie.
A guilty Celie apologizes and confides in Sofia about all the abuse she suffers at Mister's hands. She also begins to consider Sofia's advice about defending herself against further abuse from Mister.
Glamorous Shug Avery, a jazz and blues singer and Mister's long-time mistress, falls ill, and Mister takes her into his house.Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, published in , tells the story of Celie, a Black woman in the South.
Celie writes letters to God in which she tells about her life–her roles as daughter. Alice Walker's The Color Purple weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for..
In the first few letters, Celie tells God that she has been raped by her father and that she is pregnant for the second time with his child. Create a visual plot diagram of The Color Purple. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components. Write a description of .
|The Color Purple - Wikipedia||The film received positive reviews from critics, receiving praise for its acting, direction, screenplay, score, and production merits, but was criticized by some for being "over-sentimental" and "stereotypical. The website's critical consensus states:|
|The Color Purple (film) - Wikipedia||This article needs an improved plot summary. August After giving birth to her 2nd child, fathered by and taken away by her abusive father, their mother then dying and father remarrying, Celie, still a teenager but by now infertile, is separated from her younger sister, Nettie, whom she vowed to protect, and given away by her father to a much older widow, Albert Johnson, who already has three children.|
|The Color Purple - Wikipedia||She is purely a victim: The only person she loves—and the only person who loves her back—is her sister Nettie.|
The Color Purple is a American coming-of-age period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Menno Meyjes, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker.
Because of Shug and because of Sofia, Celie is able to triumph — and triumph joyfully — over the sexual and racial oppression that smothered many of her female ancestors. The Color Purple, then, is a story about growth, endurance, loyalty, solidarity, and joy — all nurtured by the strength of love.
As an adult, Celie befriends and finds intimacy with a blues singer, Shug Avery, who gradually helps Celie find her voice. By the end of the novel, Celie is a happy, independent, and self-confident woman.