Comparrison of the Color Purple Book and Movie

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Haley Sullivan

Think of the person who means most to you in life. Now imagine what life would be like if you never saw or heard from them again. This is what happens to Celie, the main character in the novel The Color Purple written by Alice Walker and the movie The Color purple directed by Steven Spielberg.

The novel The color purple was published in 1982. The story is told through letters written by Celie to God. The only sentences outside the letters are the first two “You better not never tell nobody. It’d kill your mammy.” The story follows Celie throughout her life starting from when she was 14. Celie is a poor black girl from the south who is verbally physically and sexually abused by all the men in her life, mainly her father and husband. The only person she has ever left truly loved her is her sister Nettie. The two are inseparable until Nettie is forced away and never allowed to see or speak to Celie again. Celie writes letters to God because now that Nettie’s gone she has no one else to talk to. She writes about Mr.___ her husband, his family who becomes somewhat hers, and Shug Avery. Shug is Mr.___’s lover who comes to stay with Mr.___ and Celie because she was very sick. Shug takes a strong liking to Celie and vice versa. Shug helps Celie see that she is a beautiful woman and that she isn’t worthless like people in her past had made her believe. Thanks to Shug’s guidance love and support Celie breaks free of the hold Mr.___ once had on her and finally stands up for herself.

The movie The Color Purple was directed by Steve Spielberg and was released in 1985. The movie stays true to the novel in only a few ways. The movie is not told through letters because that would have been too complicated to stage. In the novel you get to learn more about Nettie’s life along with Celie’s, while in the movie you only see Celie’s side of the story. The movie uses many different aspects of film to emphasize its beauty and emotional feeling of the novel. For...
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