The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
The Color Purple Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Women are not treated well in The Color Purple. Is their treatment a gender or an ethnic identity issue? Or both?
- Is Alice Walker sexist because the men in her story are almost universally mean? Should she have placed more emphasis on race rather than gender?
- Is it important that Nettie’s exile took place in Africa?
- Does it add or detract from the story that Celie—an uneducated woman—narrates the novel?