The Color Purple

Forskning visar att högläsning stärker både starka och svaga läsare.

Resultaten i läsförståelse ökar.

Alla elever är på samma ställe i boken.

Vi kan diskutera handling och innehåll tillsammans, alla förstår.

Ni behöver inte läsa boken hemma på fritiden.

Varför högläsning i gymnasiet?


Din uppgift är att hålla dig vaken och alert,

hänga med i texten

och aktivt deltaga i diskussioner.

Ha gärna penna och papper redo för att föra anteckningar samt skriva upp fraser och ord som vi behöver titta på/förklara.


Vi kommer läsa en hel bok tillsammans under några lektioner.

Ni kommer inte tvingas läsa högt, bara följa med i texten och diskutera innehållet.


Under lästillfällena råder LÄSFRID,

alla är tysta och lyssnar och om någon behöver gå ut - smyg ut utan att störa.



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Alice Walker

1944 - 

Author and feminist.

Her works often deal with race, gender and class. Her book The color Purple recieved a Pulitzer prize in 1983.

Some key facts

Genre: Confessional novel, "Brevroman"

Themes  · The power of narrative and voice; the power of strong female relationships; the cyclical nature of racism and sexism; the disruption of traditional gender roles

Major conflict  · Celie is verbally, physically, and sexually abused by several different men, leaving her with little sense of self-worth, no narrative voice, and no one to run to.

- Sparknotes

Banned books

The color purple has been both a "Challenged" book and a "Banned Book"


This is a practise we do not have in Sweden.

It is quite common in the US however.


It was banned for these reasons:

Sexual explicitness

"Troubling ideas of race"

Man's identity to god

African history





1910s1940s. Though The Color Purple is a historical novel, it never refers to any factual events. There are no dates, little sense of the passage of time, and very few mentions of characters’ ages.

The story is  partly set in rural Georgia, around the farm of Mr. ___ and the surrounding town.


Through Nettie's letters to Celie we also get an insight into her life in Africa as a missionary.


Celie is the main character. She has been oppressed by men her whole life, she is raped by her father; with whom she has two children during her adolescence.


Her father then gives her away to be married to Mr. ___, who is actually in love with a blues singer named Shug Avery. Shug has a significant influence on the protagonist, leading her ultimately to independence.

Mr. ___ (Albert)

Mr. ___ is the man to whom Celie is married. Originally, he seeks a relationship with Celie's sister Nettie, but settles for Celie. Mr. ___ mistreats Celie just as her father had, although Celie does not understand that she doesn't have to tolerate the abuse. Mr. ___ uses Celie to help raise his Children, who give her a hard time because she is not their biological mother.

Shug Avery

A sultry blues singer who first appears as Mr. ___'s mistress, Shug becomes Celie's friend. Shug remains a gentle mentor who helps Celie evolve into a independent and assertive woman throughout her Life.

Harpo and Sofia

Harpo is the oldest son of Mr. ___.  He is thin and week as his father. He falls in love with Sofia and eventually marries her. Sofia is strong both physically and mentally. At first they seem happy together while building a house and starting a family. But, when Harpo starts trying to beat her , their marriage starts to fall apart.


Why does Harpo beat Sofia?

What is Celie's part in this?


Why does she do what she does?

What is Harpos and Sofias relationship like before and after the beating?

Eleverna ska i slutändan lämna in en "reaction"-text där de väver samman sina reaktioner med post-kolonialismen.


Som ett delmoment kan de kanske spela in som små reactionsvideos.

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