Title Profile & Character Information

The Color Purple

Annotation
Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.


Characters
NameCelie
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Abused
Poor
Uneducated
Independent

NameNettie
GenderFemale
OccupationMissionary
TraitAfrican American

GenreEpistolary
Sociological
Feminist
Southern fiction
Literary
Cinematization
Banned
Fiction
TopicsAfrican Americans
Man-woman relationships
Domestic abuse
Women's lives
Racism
Southern life
Search for a better life
Search for love
Sisters
Self-discovery