The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This paper is a summary and character analysis lloking at poor, black & female in pre-Civil Rights American South.

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On a surface level, it is relatively easy to characterize Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, as a tale of growing up and coming of age while poor, Black, and female in the pre-civil rights American South. A careful examination of the story, characters, and major theme, however, reveals that the novel transcends the obvious characteristics to become a universal treatment of the human condition. Ultimately, The Color Purple is a symbolic presentation of Everyman and Everywoman.
Summary of the Novel
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is presented as a series of letters, first from Celie to God and then an exchange of letters between Celie and her sister Nettie. In the first half of the novel, Celie writes to God because of the admonishment, You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy