Letter 68

Synopsis of Letter 68

Celie is both amazed and delighted that both of her children, Olivia and Adam, are not also her half-siblings and Fonso’s other children not her ‘kin’ since he is only her stepfather.

Shug decides that it is time for Celie to pack up and come to live with her in Tennessee. Celie ends the letter by telling God that he must have fallen asleep.

Commentary on Letter 68

This brief note written by Celie is the last letter she addresses to God until letter 90, at the end of the narrative. Her previously mild tone becomes accusatory towards God as she feels that she has been betrayed - she cannot understand why God has waited so long to reveal the truth to her.

Although Celie is now free from the guilt she has felt over her children being the product of incest, she is upset by the news of her natural father's lynching at the hands of white men, as well as of her mother's mental illness. Celie wonders if God may be the cause of her problems, rather than the solution to her misfortunes and from this point in the narrative she begins to reconstruct her concept of family and of God.

Investigating Letter 68

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