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The Color Purple

In The Color Purple the protagonist, Celie, is alienated from the world. Celie comes from a poor black family and the reader learns in the first of her letters (the novel is epistolary in form) that she has been raped by her step-father. The man concerned, Alphonso, has told Celie that she should not tell anyone what has happened because “it’d kill your mammy” (Walker, 1990) . She believes him and decides to deal with the situation by writing letters “to God”, who she envisions as an imposing white man with a beard. Her reaction to her rape and Alphonso’s threats show that she is innocent as to the reality of the world: she is afraid to tall anyone because…