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The Color Purple is a contemporary epistolary novel by Alice Walker which is about the life of Celie a black woman growing up in the South Walkers use of letters or epistles exchanged between characters speaking to each other in an informal colloquial vocabulary brings them to life and allows them to speak to each other directly In a series of letters to God and to her sister Nettie Celie tells the story of her life ranging from the trauma of sexual abuse as a child to her success and wealth as an adult Throughout the novel we see how does Celie character overcome sexism racism and poverty to establish herself as an independent person The central character of Celie is an uneducated African American woman who is a victim of sexism Sexism means discrimination against woman The author writes the novel in epistolary form since it allows an uneducated woman like Celie to speak She expresses herself first by writing the letters to God and then to her sister Nettie As a young girl Celie is constantly subjected to abuse and told she is ugly She decides therefore that she can best ensure her survival by making herself silent and invisible Celies letters to God are her only outlet and means of self-expression To Celie God is a distant figure who she doubts cares about her concerns Celie considers herself to be inferior as she was brought up to be a submissive personfirst to her father and then to her husband Celie is not respected has no rights no education and is being treated as an animal makes her devoid of her self-esteem She is trained to be supervised by male dominance Celie does little to fight back against her stepfather Alphonso Later in life when her husband Mr abuses her she reacts in a similarly passive manner However Celie latches on to Shug Avery a beautiful and seemingly empowered woman
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