The Color Purple

Alice Walker and The Color Purple

Taking place in 1930s Georgia, Alice Walker's The Color Purple is an epistolary novel that gives an insight into the life of African-American women.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker - Wikipedia Alice Walker (born 1944) is a celebrated American novelist and short story writer. Born into a large family as one of eight siblings in Georgia, she rose to prominence as an author and civil rights activist. Read more . . .

Context of The Color Purple

Jim Crow laws - Wikipedia Having experienced first-hand the struggle of living under segregation, Alice Walker wrote The Color Purple against the backdrop of the civil rights struggle . Read more . . .

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Characterisation - find out about the main protagonists in the novel and analyse their characters.

Themes and significant ideas; Imagery, metaphor and symbolism - Research themes, ideas and imagery that feature in the book.

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