The Color Purple is an epistolary novel written by Alice Walker. This novel displays the growth and development of an average African-American woman. This novel demonstrates the everyday hardships that were placed on blacks, and how they battled to overcome them. It is a very controversial novel, and touches on a variety of sensitive topics, from spousal abuse, incest, to even lesbianism.
Alice Walker vividly explains the difficult, yet realistic, life of blacks in their communities. She writes of how the black men, who at this point in time are inferior to the white men, use their wives to provide them with feeling of importance. Women, in this period of time, were viewed as workers, housekeepers, and objects. “Celie’s object status is evident in the beginning when she is given to Albert [Mr.___] in the place of Nettie [Celie’s sister] … she is also a substitute for Albert’s true love Shug” (Tucker 84). In The Color Purple the relationship between Celie and Mr. ___ undergoes many changes. Throughout the novel, you begin to visualize the unpleasant relationship they have and you start to see how this will ultimately transform Celie into the strong individual she really is.
There are several events that contribute to the transition of Celie. “From the beginning of the novel there is an element of fantasy in the book.
Celie becomes the ugly duckling, who will eventually be redeemed through suffering” (Harris 159). After being separated from her sister, Celie begins to realize that there is no one else there for her, but God. Walker captures this this sense of abandonment by using epistolary to tell of Celie’s conversations with God through letters. Celie at this point in the story could be described as imageless. With her sister gone, Celie no longer has a woman to model after. It takes the knowledge and guidance of Shug, Mr.___’s true love, for Celie to breakthrough her insignificant state.
Shug is a singer who has experienced many troubles with substance abuse. Mr.___ is madly in love with her, but Shug’s attitude towards him quickly signals the audience that the feeling is not so mutual. In her first encounters, Shug is portrayed as a bully towards Celie. But soon after realizing how Mr.___ treats Celie, Shug starts to...