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  • Exposition Celie, a young African American girl who has been raped by her father and borne two kids is worried that he is going to do the same for her sister, Nettie. Their father wants to marry Celie off to another man. When Celie is married off, her husband kicks her sister Nettie out.
  • Conflict Celie is miserable and sad because of her marriage and life. She has to raise Albert's children while trying to avoid his beatings. Also, Albert is in love with a singer named, Shug Avery, as is Celie. When Shug moves in with them, Celie has to try and hide her feelings which is difficult.
  • Rising Action Shug Becomes a good friend of Celie which helps her find her own voice, so she can stand up to Albert. Shug uses her power to force Albert to stop beating Celie, but when Shug leaves they are both heartbroken. Harpo's wife gets locked up, then moved to work as a maid. Shug returns and her and Celie begin a romantic relationship.
  • Climax Through Shug, Celie finds out that Albert has been receiving letters from Celie's sister Nettie and never gave them to her. Nettie writes in the letters how she is on a missionary trip in Africa and will be returning soon. Celie is pissed at Albert. Nettie and Samuel are married and Celie finds out Pa is actually her stepfather.
  • Falling Action Shug and Grady take Celie to Memphis where she finds her hidden talent and begins to sew pants. Pa dies, and Celie receives all his land, house, and store because it belonged to her birth father and mother. Celie moves back and Shug falls in love with a 19-year-old flute player. They go off together. Albert and Celie become friends since he has changed. Both have been left by Shug, whom they loved
  • Resolution Short after Shug leaves, Celie finds out the boat Nettie was on crashed, but does not believe it. Shug ends up returning so Albert, Celie, and her live a content life. Sofia and Harpo get back together. Nettie returns in a car. A family reunion occurs shortly after. Celie feels happier than she has ever been.
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