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The Color Purple Celies Journey The Color Purple is the story of a poor black woman living in the south between World War 1 and World War 2 This was at a time when although slavery had ended many women were still virtually in bondage and had to put up with many conditions that were reminiscent of the days of slavery The problem was that they had to endure being treated like an inferior person by their own families sometimes as well as from the white people that lived there It was a life that was filled with misery for many black women and they felt helpless to do anything about their situations The book focuses mainly on a woman named Celie who has lived a hard life already when at the age of 14 she begins writing letters to God to have someone to confide in and tell her thoughts and secrets to In her first letter she says I have always been a good girl Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me Page 1 Already at that age she has been taking care of her brothers and sister and has been working very hard at trying to get something of an education On top of this she has been raped by her father repeatedly because as he says You gonna do what your mammy wouldnt Page 1 She has had two babies by him already and hes taken both of them away right after they were born She thinks at first he might have killed one of them but later finds out that he sold them to a couple in town Celie doesnt do anything about her situation because shes used to being treated like that Shes scared and she fears for her sister Nettie too when her Pa starts looking at her the same way Eventually a man referred to as Mr
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