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When colors matter
on May 21, 2003
Life of a fourteen year old, black girl, never been loved, uneducated, and poor named Celie, has never been so harsh. The book The Color Purple shows life in the 1900ï¿½s as difficult for women. Women were treated like property and sold off for marriage, as slave workers. Celie is the protagonist and the narrator of the book. She writes letters to God everyday due to her father raping and beating her. Twice her father, a boy and a girl, who was taken by her father and supposedly killed, impregnated Celie.
Celie and her sister Nettie learn of a man named Mr.____. Mr._____, wanted to marry Celieï¿½s sister, but their father Alphonso denied. Mr.____ has a lover named Shug Avery, a singer at the local lounge, of which Celie falls attracted with. Mr.____ and Celie become married, but Mr._____ treats her like a slave. Nettie eventually runs away from her father and moves in with Mr._____ and Celie. Mr._____ still desires Celieï¿½s sister, so when he meets up with her she flees for her safety. She tells Celie of the letters she will write everyday. Celie never receives any of these letters and believes her sister is dead.
Mr._____ï¿½s son, Harpo, wants to marry a large woman named Sofia. Sofia and Harpo become parents and both marry. Celie is amazed as a woman is powering over a man, but when Harpo attempts to beat Sofia, he continuously fails. After Shug Avery falls ill, Mr.____ takes her into his home. Shug and Celie, after Celie nurses her, become the best of friends. Celie becomes attracted to her sexually. Shug and Harpo open a juke joint, in which Shug sings nightly. Celie becomes confused over the feelings for Shug Avery. Shug Avery decides to stay with Celie and Mr._____, finding that Mr._____ beats Celie when she is away. Shug and Celie become intimate and start to ask questions of the topic sex.
Harpoï¿½s new girlfriend, Squeak got into a fight at the juke joint, after Sofia came back for a visit. Sofia is then sent to jail. Sofia is then sent to work twelve years as the mayorï¿½s maid. Shug and Celie become even more intimate after frequently sharing the same bed. One night Shug asked Celie questions about her sister. Celie responded with she thinks she is dead. Celie tells her of the letters Nettie is to be writing, when Shug remembers Mr._____ hiding mysterious letters in his trunk. Celie and Shug find dozens of letters from Celieï¿½s sister, and they read them in order.
The letters tell of Nettieï¿½s missionary accomplishments in Africa. She also writes of how she had adopted Celieï¿½s children Adam and Olivia. After Celie finding that Alphonso was just her step dad in order to inherit the house and property, Celie makes a visit to see him. Celie then looses out on her faith in God, but Shug tries to keep her image of God. Shug, Squeak, and Celie move to Tennessee, where they open a tailoring of pants shop, this was due to the outstanding, anger, of many years with Mr._____. One day Celie returns with a visit to rural Georgia, where she finds that Alphonso has died. She inherits the house and property. She moves back to Georgia, where Adam, his new wife Tashi, Olivia, and Nettie are heading out to America. The mayor releases Sofia six months early from her servitude. Celie and Mr._____ reconcile and enjoy one anotherï¿½s company. Nettie finally meets back up with Celie. Sofia remarries Harpo, working in Celieï¿½s clothing shop. Now, Celie and Nettie, even though they grew old will never be with out each other as long as they shall live.