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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Walker's epistolary technique for developing the readers understanding of Celie's world.

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University Degree Philosophy and Theology

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John Diviney 130

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Walker's

epistolary technique for developing the readers

understanding of Celie's world

"You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy."

From the first sentence of 'The Color Purple' the reader can see that this is a dramatic novel. We can also divulge that it is not a very advanced society by the way of grammar and communication. We learn that this is what Alfonso, the stepfather of the protagonist, Celie, said to her after he first raped her when she was fourteen years old.

From Alfonso telling Celie this she starts to write letters to God so she can tell somebody and not let it kill her on the inside.

'The Color Purple' is a novel make up of around 90 letters, with the first half of the book being written to God, and the second half being letters communicating between Nettie and Celie.

To understand the importance of these letters we must first understand the character of Celie. She is a girl that was abused by her stepfather, and

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