Hello again book lovers! Sorry for the interruption in our book club discussion of The Color Purple. This past weekend was the NYC Poetry festival and my attempts to set things up to post while I was away at the festival didn’t work out the way I hoped they would. So here are both Saturday’s and today’s discussion questions for us to talk about:
#1. At first glance, most of the male characters are portrayed as brutish and abusive while the women (with notable exceptions) love and support each other. Do you think it’s fair to say that Walker portrays women in The Color Purple more richly and more sympathetically than the men or is there more depth to her male characters than people give her credit for?
#2. How do you think Gender Roles and societal expectations of how men and women should behave come into play in The Color Purple?
#3. Why do you think Celie tell Harpo to beat Sophia?
#4. Why does Mister / Albert behave so differently towards Celie and Shug?
#5. Albert goes from being an abusive husband to being Celie’s friend. What do you think triggered the change in him and do you think he deserves forgiveness after all he has done?
#6. What do you think of the ending of the book? Did you find the story to be believable?
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