Since winning the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1983, The Color Purple has remained an iconic epistolary novel with many further adaptations. The novel traces the life of Celie, an African-American woman growing up in rural Georgia. She survives incredible amounts of abuse and bigotry throughout her struggle to gain equality in the first half of the twentieth century. As the novel progresses Celie is separated from her sister Nettie, who tries to escape the life of submission that the girls seem doomed to. Celie stays behind, and her story branches off to include the lives that she cares for and is affected by. Throughout the novel Celie grapples with her own faith in God as she deals with unspeakable tragedies and abuses. Themes of racism are contrasted with the underlying concept of sisterhood that holds the characters in the novel together. The book was later adapted into an Oscar Nominated film, starring Whoopi Goldberg as Celie and including Oprah Winfrey’s film debut as Sofia. Directed by Stephen Spielberg, the film was widely critically acclaimed for its powerful message and brave story.
Book Written by Alice Walker
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery Rae, Dawn Chong,
Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfre
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