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The Color Purple Alice Walker Entry 1 You better not never tell nobody but God Itd kill your mammy Alice Walker the author of The Color Purple begins her novel with an ambiguous threat A fairly powerful yet unexplained quote begins a very powerful novel Before opening this book I had no idea how it was written or what it was about I chose it solely by recommendation I soon noticed that the whole story was to be told through letters written by the protagonist and addressed to God I was actually very pleased to be reading something formatted different I thought it would be more interesting I did not know what I was in store for Alice Walker wastes no time to shock the reader right off of the bat The very first letter describes the rape of the protagonist by her stepfather Uneducated language is used to bring more depth and realism but also adds a sort of crudeness to it This is nothing you would expect a first page to consist of A turn of the page begins with My mama dead She die screaming and cussing She scream at me No concern with being vivid in unpleasant details is found as Alice Walker begins her novel Above all this way of writing creates a much more powerful effect The messages and themes are intensified I was a little disturbed at first but I really believe that this style of writing was very compliant to the piece as a whole However who is the protagonist and why isnt the letter signed Entry 2 Dear Nettie I dont write to God no more I write to you The letters have again changed and are now Celie addressing Nettie Celie briefly explains that she has given up on writing to God What God do for me I ast This is a very understandable decision and the reader has a chance
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