of Alice Walkers The Color Purple is very straightforward and simple. Like many other novels devoted to the mistreatment
of blacks and black women especially, The Color Purple is dedicated to black womens
Much of the narrative in Walkers novel is
derived from her own personal experience, growing up in the rural South as an uneducated
and abused child. In short, the goal of this
book and indeed all her writing is to inspire and motivate black women to stand up for
their rights. Celie, the main character,
undergoes an inner transformation, from a submissive, abused wife to an unabashedly
confident and independent black woman and businesswoman.
There are other more secondary themes, such as the rejection of the traditional,
Christian, "white-man's" God. Thanks to the influence of Shug Avery and Nettie,
a new age kind of God is developed and is a great comfort to all three women. Even Celie's
last letter is written to this vague kind of god-- a god of nature and stars and people.