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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Analysis: Genre

Literary Fiction

The Color Purple plumbs the psychological depths of one person, Celie, and touches on the experiences of her sister. It is a story of friendship and sisterly love that spans literally a lifetime. When the story begins, the sisters are in their teens but by the time the story ends, they are both gray-haired old women about to embrace grandchildren. As such, the story does not really fit into any other typical genre.

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