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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Analysis: What’s Up With the Title?

The title refers to a moment when Shug Avery asks Celie if she takes the time to notice what little things that God does to show us that it (God is neither he nor she) loves us. "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it," Shug says. Celie is forced to admit that in fact she has never observed these things, an admission that changes her life.

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