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The Color Purple Essay

The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the story of two sisters, Cellie and Nettie. In the beginning, Celie is a fourteen year old African girl who has/is being abused, and who writes letters to God. Thirty years later, at the end of the book , she fought through a male controlled and prejudice society. In the first letter Cellie wrote to God, we learned that she was raped by her father and he made sure that she wouldnt tell anyone except for God. She got pregnant twice and was forced, by her father to give them up both for adoption. After Cellie’s mother dies , Alfonso (Her father) forces her to marry a man she doesn’t even know. But being married to him is really terrible for Cellie, she must take care of his kids, do anything and everything Mr.Albert_____ tells her to do, and must have unenjoyable intimate nights as well as taking unnecessary beating for him. Things get better for a short period of time while her sister, Nettie comes to stay with them. But, Albert had wanted to marry Nettie in the first place so he refused to let her stay unless she “rewarded” him.

When Nettie leaves, he goes after her and tries to rape her, but she escapes and looks for the Reverend who is raising Cellie’s children. The Reverend and his wife are both missionaries who will be going to Africa so they offer Nettie to go with them. Once they arrive in Afica Nettie starts writing letters to Cellie but worries that she won’t get them because Albert promised her that she would never hear from Cellie ever again. Albert finds out that his girlfriend of many years, Shug Avery, is ill. He goes to get her and bring her back to his place and then makes Cellie take care of her. Shug is really mean to Cellie at first, but she soon starts to like her. Shug plans to leave but, to keep her from going, Celie tells her that Albert beats her. So then, Shug promises not to leave until he stops. Shug also learns that Celie has never enjoyed sex. She tries to educate Cellie about how to get pleasure from sex, but it is soon clear that Celie feels nothing for Albert because she is attracted to women.

Later, Celie experiences her first sexual pleasure with Shug. Soon after that, Shug leaves but comes back, but this time with her new husband. When the guys left one day, Shug tells Cellie that Albert has been hiding all of Nettie’s letters from her. Cellie is furious, but Shug keeps her calm and togther they find the letters. After finding her sister’s letters, Celie decides to leave with Shug. Albert tries to stop her but she stabs his hand with a fork. Before she leaves, she cusses him out for the way he has treated her and tells him that he will be cursed until he changes. In return he refused to send her any of Nettie’s letters as they keep arriving. Celie goes to Memphis with Shug, where she starts making pants. Eventually she gets so good at designing them, she starts to receive regular orders. Shug helps Celie turn the work into a business.

Later, Celie learns that Alfonso, known to her as Pa, is not her real father after all, just the man who married her mother after her real father (who was a successful businessman) had been killed. After Alfonso dies, Cellie receives a phone call telling her that her family home now belongs to Nettie and herself. Celie fixes up her new house while Shug elopes with her new love, a nineteen-year-old flute player named Germaine. Celie is heartbroken, but she meets up with Albert and they become good friends. Apparently, after Celie left he let everything go and almost died of starvation. Albert’s son, Harpo finally forced him to send Nettie’s letters to Cellie, and from that point he began to change his life around. Celie is now financially comfortable. She has her new house and her father’s dry goods store (which she also inherited) as well as her business. Nettie finally returns home with Samuel, her new husband (the Reverend) and with Cellie’s grown children. Cellie and Nettie fall into each other’s arms and lie on the ground hugging. In the end, after all the situations she has been through, Cellie says that she has never felt so young before in her life.


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