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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Dear God, Now we all know she going sometime soon, they sleep together at night. Not every night, but almost every night, from Friday to Monday.
It's the early 1900's, and it's hot here in the rural South of Georgia. Africa's not so different.
Celie's a strong woman who finds herself living with her husband Albert,her step son Harpo, his wife Sofia, and the free-spirited Shug. Nettie, Celie's younger and brighter sister, is miles and miles away from her beloved sister acting as a missionary in Africa (to teach the Olinka). She resides in Africa with fellow missionaries Samuel and his wife Corrine along with Celie's real daughter and son (Olivia and Adam) who have been adopted by the couple.
The main conflict Celie faces is going through each day enduring a loveless marriage while waiting for her sister who may never return. As life continues to grow difficult, especially without Nettie by her side, she is at loss with her faith, and she struggles to see her self worth due to the oppression and abuse. At the same time, she falls in love with Shug who's often taken by other men. Through all of this, Celie writes to God and to Nettie.
An important event occurs when Celie and Shug find letters from Nettie that Albert/"Mister" has been hiding from Celie since he first started receiving them in the mail. This is a turning point because she finds hope even in her life with many difficulties, and the discovery stops her from wanting to kill Albert, and she then turns to sewing pants as a hobby as she looks to the future with hope and anticipation for their reunion.
The climax of the story is when Celie and Nettie finally reunite after many years of being apart. The anticipation, uncertainty, excitement, and hope built up and formed the rising action of the plot and the reunion was the high point. There was a long period of time where Nettie and Celie had no idea how the other was doing and if they were alive for certain, but finally seeing each other put an end to the anxiousness. The book ended with them living all together in peace.
The overall message of the story is that life will get difficult at times, but love and faith is always something that you can turn to in adversity. Despite the struggles that Celie and the other female characters in the novel have faced, such as being sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused, faith in others and the love for others reminded that life isn't as bad as it may seem.
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