The Colour Purple: Personal Response

The Color Purple by Alice Walker is an informative book, but it raises many questions. One of the most important questions is whether this book is suitable for high school English courses. This novel vividly describes the struggle women experience in abusive and toxic families.It deals with serious topics such as incest, marital abuse, racism and sexism. It also includes domestic violence and politics. I was very surprised when I saw the choice of language the author used, “I feel my nipples harden under my dress. My little button sort of perk up too” (Page 80). It was really graphically written. It talks about sex education because even as an adult you don’t know much about your body. 


Celie goes through a rollercoaster of emotions, and the way she writes it in her letters makes the audience feel like they are there with her. I think it is important to understand sex education before reading this novel. Compassion and understanding of the struggle the character faces are also important. “First he put his thing up against my hip and sort of wiggle it around” (Page 1). Due to lack of sex education, people might find this situation funny. It is rather classified as abuse and assault. Our thought process is developed at an early stage, we must recognize the impact violence, harassment, and abuse has on others. Logically speaking, our mentality and habits reflect our behavior towards others. If we can distinguish between the right and wrong ways of treating others early, it will be better for our future selves. The book also includes historical fiction set in different parts of the world. However, he novel might be more beneficial for history students, since they would learn about the political treatment of African Americans. The way injustice towards African Americans is described made me furious. It brought out emotions in me that I didn’t know I could feel. Basically, don’t be an idiot. 



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