The Color Purple

The color purple

How are letters symbolic in the novel

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Celie is told to "not never tell nobody but God." Yet, by writing her thoughts in her unique style, the reader actually ‘hears’ her voice, so that the reader hears her voice even if nobody else will. The same can be said for Nettie’s letters, that contain a unique voice and yet were forbidden to be read by Mr. _______. Letters therefore signify not just communication, but protestation and defiance against one’s oppressors.

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