Personal Response to Color Purple

“The Color Purple” is an important work of literature. It manages to create suspense within areas that are not as engaging. It provides immense insight into the oppression received by women and how the color of their skin made their problems worse. I thought the author managed to use a literary form, that captures the readers attention right away. I was impressed with the authors ability to create some sort of immediate suspense, to engage the readers.

Some parts of the story I found to be questionable, as the ending did not feel realistic. I am not sure whether two women who were separated at such a young age would see each other again in such happy terms. Especially after the department of defense said one of the sisters’ ship’s had sunk.  However, this may have been the form the author chose to exercise the suspenseful theme just before the end of the story. 

In the introduction, I talked about how the story provides ‘immense insight into the oppression received by women”. Throughout the beginning and the very end of the novel, most if it letters is addressed to God. However, before the story switches to letters being addressed to Celies’ sister Nettie, I noticed how the idea of losing faith was being introduced. On page 176 (new version), I noticed that The letter starts with ‘Dear God”, but it ends with; “You must be sleep”. If I am not interpreting this incorrectly, it seems like Celie is starting to lose faith and feels God is not giving her his fullest attention and protection.  

Also Included within the introduction, I talked about how the author was seemingly exploring the elements of suspense. Before even reading about Celie getting raped by Alphanso, the first element of suspense come from the first sentence. “You better not never tell nobody but god. It’d kill your mammy.” This caused me to wonder what happened and increased my heart rate. Then when I learn the character (didn’t know her name yet) is 14 years, that also raised my internal alarm. When the two words “I am” were crossed out in exchange for “I have always been”, I assumed the phrase meant she had done something wrong. I do wish that more letter edits were made throughout the novel, to make it seem more realistic and personal.

Some questions this novel raises is; Is this an accurate representation of what black female women experienced? I wonder if in real life, sisters would be reunited with each other after so many years apart. This relates to questions about whether the ending is realistic, ar a sort of figment of the authors’ imagination. 

Overall, this novel has a vast amount of emotion put into it, making it compelling to read. I was not overly impressed with this novel in terms of the plot, because it is feels like there are no twists and turns or anything to make me feel excited to read the next chapter. I felt like something awful might happen with every page, whether it was physically or emotionally. 

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