Dear Book Lovers,
Today’s book club discussion of The Color Purple is all about Celie’s letters, the characters’ attempts to speak their truths and be heard, and the novel’s epistolary style. You can share your thoughts and opinions on today’s discussion questions here in the comments or over here on the C. S. Literary Jewelry Facebook page.
1. The Color Purple is an epistolary novel, which means that it is told primarily through letters. Do you think this format enhances or distracts from the book? Why?
2. Usually, letters represent people communicating with one another but Celie’s letters are mostly associated with secrets and unexpressed feelings. In addition to this, most of Nettie’s and Celie’s letters to each other are never sent or are prevented from reaching their destination. What do you think the author is trying to say with these one-sided correspondences?
3. Why do you think that Celie writes letters (instead of a journal or diary) if no one is going to receive them or read them? Do you think there is any significance to who the letters are written to (God, and then Nettie)? Have you ever kept a journal or written letters you never sent like Celie does? If so, did you find it beneficial? Why?
4. Why do you think that Mister hid Nettie’s letters from Celie instead of destroying them?
5. Many of the characters only come into their own when they develop the courage to speak their truths and be heard, (Celie standing up to Mister, Nettie telling Corrine and Samuel the truth of Adam and Olivia’s parentage), but for Sophia, speaking her mind has disastrous consequences. What are your thoughts about this?
I’ll be back later on to share my own thoughts and comments about today’s discussion questions.
Until then, happy reading and have a great day!
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