Study Guide

The Color Purple Genre

By Alice Walker

Genre

Literary Fiction, Epistolary Novel

The Color Purple, which is told through letters that Celie writes to God, plumbs the psychological depths of 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.