The Color Purple

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The Color Purple

Baldassarro, Wolf. Banned Book Awareness: “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker. Banned Book

Awareness. 20 Mar. 2011. Web. 24 Mar. 2013

This article specifically states different examples of schools that have banned The Color Purple across the United States. The author said to pick a year and a town and you’ll probably find a case of the book being banned. One of the examples given was in 1984 in Oakland, California where it was decided that honor students were not mature enough to read the book; however, the Oakland Board of Education finally allowed the book in schools after nine months of debate. Another example given was in 1985 in Hayward, California the book was rejected from purchase. Many other cases happened in throughout the late 90’s up to 2008. Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia were just a few of the states that have had these debates.

Coffey, Jesse. Banned Book Week--'The Color Purple'. 24 Sept. 2010. Web.

23 Mar. 2013.

In this source, the author, Jesse Coffey, refers to The Color Purple being banned for its graphic violence and its sexuality throughout the book. The article goes on to state that many schools don’t believe the book is age appropiatefor students, which is one of the many reasons why the book is banned. However, the author switches postions towards the end of the article by suggesting that the reasons why the book is banned are the reasons why it shouldn’t be banned. It’s said that many teachers believe that students can learn from the book and recognize historical events from the book. In the end, The Color Purple has been known to cause several debates throughout the world whether it should be banned or not.

Jefferson, Elana. The Color Purple and Its Controversy. 25 July 2006. Web. 22 Mar.


In this source, the article discusses reasons why The Color Purple should be banned and reasons why it shouldn’t be. It refers to Celie’s hardships through the book and how she always seems to find a way to enjoy life. The article also recognizes the author of The Color Purple, Alice Walker. It provides information about Walker winning many awards for her book and it says that she wrote this book to honor her ancestors. Furthermore, the source gives an example of an AP English class banning the book in North Carolina for its violence. The author of the article also believes the book is banned in some places for its sexual content. In addition, readers believe that African Americans could be offended by reading the book.

Kane, Matthew. The Color Purple Biography. 2001. Web. 24 March 2013.

This article explains the life of the author of The Color Purple, Alice Walker. Alice was born in Georgia on February 9th, 1944, the eighth child of her parents. At an early age, Alice was shot in the eye with a BB gun causing her to go blind in one eye. From this point in her life, Walker became secluded, but writing soon became her go-to. Walker graduated high school and Spelman College in Atlanta. In 964, Alice became pregnant and once again isolated herself and began to think of suicidal thoughts, but writing was her escape yet again. Alice went on to write many stories such as: To Hell with Dying, Once, Meridian, etc. None of these compared to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple.

Shmoop Editorial Team. “The Color Purple Setting” Shmoop University, Inc.,. 11
Nov. 2008. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.

Throughout this article it is repeated that the book takes place in the early 20th century, about thirty years before World War II. Celie, the protagonist, lives in the rural south during it’s reconstruction of the Civil War, while her sister, Nettie, lives in West Africa. Nettie describes Africa to be “magical” and this refers to how it wasn’t segregated at the time like the United States was. Celie becomes very proud of her black heritage because of Nettie’s experiences in Africa which reflects a moral lesson to the readers. Also, the book also takes place in Memphis where Celie stats making a company for making both men and women pants, here she becomes more liberated. Eventually, Celie returns her new inherited house where she brings back her lessons she learned from Memphis and Africa.

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