The Color Purple
The Color Purple by Alice Walker, is based on a poor, uneducated 14 year-old girl named Celie, who lives in the American South in the 1930's. She begins to write to God after her father, Alphonso, beats and rapes her. Alphonso impregnates Celie twice, the first time a baby girl and the second child a boy, which he also abducts shortly after birth. Celie's mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed. Celie and her younger sister Nettie discover that there is a older man, Mister, who is need to get married, in need for someone to care for his children and to keep his house. But Celie's father refuses to marry Nettie, and decides that he'll marry Celie. They then accept the offer and Celie is forced into marrying him, after his wife was murdered by a jealous lover and has to deal with the mistreat from both Mister and his children. Nettie runs away from Alphonso and goes to Celie's house, but then Mister makes sexual advances towards her and Celie advises her to reach out to a well dressed black woman for assistance that she had seen at a general store a while back. The back woman decides to adopt Celie's daughter, that was the only black woman that Celie ever saw with her own money. Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write but Celie never receives a letter from her sister and concludes that her sister is dead. After some years, the children from the Mister's home begin to grow up, and move on with their lives, which leaves Celie with the Mister and his new mistress that he soon marries. Eventually Nettie finds the letters from Nettie that Mister has hid from her for decades, which indicate that she befriended a missionary couple and accompanied them to Africa to do missionary work. Towards the end of the film is by far my favorite when the secrets begin to come out about Alphonso being their step-father, their father being a store owner, reconnecting with Samuel and Olivia after realizing they were Celie's children and Celie gets fed up with the abuse of her husband and leaves. She then discovers that her step father has died and inherits his land and moves into her childhood home, also grows the courage to decline her husbands" proposal after he suffers when she decided to leave him. The film ends as everyone (Nettie, Celie, children) introduce themselves to one another at Celie's house, embracing that they haven't seen each other in 30+ years. This film has a great ending after these characters face so much.