Is Walker’s choice to write her novel as a series of letters successful? What are its advantages? What are its disadvantages?
In this work, I will explain how the idea of letters is an interesting and effective idea in the novel “The Color Purple”
The novel “The Color Purple” is certainly a very interesting book. The author does not give us much context of the characters, we only know who they are and that’s it. Also, as can be seen from the book is that it is not written in a traditional way but is written in a way of letters of which there are no exact dates and can also make very large leaps in time. Another very interesting aspect in which the book is written is the language used, the English used is not normal English, it is an English of “African American people” and this English has some variations of the words that are not well written.
This book is narrated from the first person, since they are letters and Celie and Nettie write what happened to her in the first person, being two people who write then it has a double plot since it tells what Celie lives and life also by Nettie. Also, this gives a more fun reading dynamic than a “normal” novel (chapters), since it makes you feel as if the letters were happening at the moment, it also makes you feel closer to the character since you feel like he is sharing the letters with you.
One of the themes presented in the novel is “the power of narrative and voice”. I feel that the author means that feelings and thoughts are crucial in developing a sense of self. This case is very present in how Celie only sends letters to God, due to Alphonso’s threats.
Although the letters are a good idea they have their disadvantages, one of these would be that the letters can be confusing since generally in no work with this style they have exact dates so you get confused and you may not notice the jumps in time and on other occasions it is more difficult to locate the page where you were reading since they are not divided by chapters.
In conclusion, in my opinion, a novel that is written like this gives many entertaining aspects to the novel due to the aforementioned advantages, it feels closer to the characters and you can feel their emotions a lot.