The Color Purple Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Color Purple

Nettie teaches her sister Celie to read and write after Celie is forced to leave school because she's pregnant with their father's child. In return, Celie protects Nettie from their father. But that's just the beginning of the story. Celie marries and it is then that she meets Blues singer Shug Avery. Shug is Celie's husband's lover who has come to stay while she recovers from sickness. Ironically, Shug Avery becomes Celie's second teacher by showing Celie her own strengths and even teaching her about sexuality.

This book deals with feminism, homosexual relationships, abuse of a sexual, physical, and verbal nature, incest, murder and a myriad of other subjects.
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The Color Purple is the story of Cecil. She is raped when she is a young girl and then is married off to Albert. Albert is cruel and is in love with Shug Avery. Shug is a famous entertainer. The letters Cecil writes are to her sister who is in Africa who has not written Cecil back in years. The story is about women, their strengths, and their struggles. The book is about a hard life but it keeps true to the idea that what goes around comes around and good things come to those who wait.
This report prepared by Kristy Pastore

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   American Black If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant    -   slave Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   lesbians!    -   Boob talk!    -   rape/molest Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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