"The Color Purple" takes place around the early 20th century (specifically 1910-1940) in a poor town of rural Georgia.
The main character is Celie, a poor black girl who struggled through abuse. Other crucial characters include Albert, her husband, as well as Shug who is a blues singer. Albert's son Harpo and daughter-in-law Sophia are in the back.
Another important character is Celie's younger sister, Nettie. After running away, Celie believed that she died. Instead- she decided to work as a missionary in Africa and moves there to preach.
One of the main conflicts is that, due to being raped, abused, and completely walked over- Celie is incapable of feeling self-worth or confidence as the only person she truly loved was presumed to be dead.
The climax of the novel is when Shug tells Celie that her husband (Albert) has secretly been hiding Nettie's letters from her. This is important because Celie knows her sister is still alive and can talk with her.
I believe that the theme and author's message in "The Color Purple" is that everybody- regardless of skin color, sex, religion, and etc- is worthy of love and happiness. Additionally, I think that it's meant to encourage others to stand up for what they believe in and who they are.
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