The protagonist narrates the novel through a series of letters, the majority of which are addressed to God. Initially, the protagonist, Celie, sees God as an old white man. Being a black woman abused by men all her life, Celie eventually rebels against this image of God. Increasingly, she begins to see God as genderless and race-less, a more universal being who wants humans to enjoy all aspects of life – from nature, to sex, to the color purple.
Though Nettie and Celie alike make peace with God and their faith, they ultimately have no use for organized religion.