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The Color Purple

Author: Alice Walker
Reviewer's Age: Grade 12

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, is a fiction novel about a young girl, Celie, and the struggles she faces throughout her life. This book takes place in the early 1900's in Georgia. Celie is forced by her stepfather to marry Albert, a man she does not love and who treats her like a slave. Albert uses her, makes her clean, abuses her and he truly does not love her. Albert also has an affair with Shug Avery, a beautiful blues singer. At first, Shug and Celie are not close and Shug is rude to her. Eventually a strong relationship grows between Shug and Celie and they become best of friends. Shug teaches Celie to be strong, to stand up to Albert and to do whatever she wants. When Shug decides to move to Tennessee, Celie decides to go with her and leave her husband. In Tennessee, Celie starts her own pants business. When Celie returns to Georgia, she visits Albert and creates a better relationship with him. As a result, this shows that Celie was able to get the courage to leave her husband, Albert, and start her life again with a pants business and be independent and strong. This displays true female strength.