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The Color Purple | Characters

Character Description
Celie Celie is the protagonist and primary narrator whose letters to God and to her sister Nettie trace her journey from a meek, young girl to an independent, formidable woman. Read More
Nettie Nettie is Celie's sister, whose letters designate her as the story's secondary narrator, and serve to contrast Celie's lack of education and empowerment. Read More
Alphonso Alphonso is Celie's abusive stepfather, but through most of the story, she thinks he is her real father. Read More
Mr. ___ Mr. ___ is Celie's domineering and abusive husband, who holds no esteem for women until much later in life. Read More
Shug Shug is a renowned blues singer who is Mr. ___'s mistress and also becomes Celie's advocate and lover. Read More
Harpo Harpo is Mr. ___'s oldest son who struggles with gender roles and his love for his domineering wife, Sofia. Read More
Sofia Sofia is Harpo's independent and outspoken wife who always stands up for herself no matter how dire the consequences. Read More
Adam Adam is Celie's son.
Addie Beasley Addie Beasley is Celie and Nettie's teacher.
Althea Althea is Samuel's aunt.
Annie Julia Annie Julia is Mr. ___'s first wife.
Billy Billy is the son of the mayor and Miss Millie.
Bubber Hodges Bubber Hodges is the jail warden.
Carrie Carrie is one of Mr. ___'s sisters.
Catherine Catherine is an Olinka wife and mother to Tashi.
Celie's mother Celie's mother is also the mother of Nettie, Lucious, and three unnamed children.
Corrine Corrine is Samuel's first wife and the adoptive mother of Olivia and Adam.
Daisy Daisy is Alphonso's last wife.
Doris Baines Doris Baines is a white writer.
Earl Stanley Earl Stanley is Eleanor Jane's husband.
Eleanor Jane Eleanor Jane is the daughter of the mayor and Miss Millie.
Germaine Germaine is Shug Avery's boyfriend.
Grady Grady is Shug Avery's husband.
Harold Harold is Doris's grandson.
Henrietta Henrietta is Sofia's daughter.
Henry Broadnax Henry Broadnax is Sofia's boyfriend after she leaves Harpo.
Jack Jack is Odessa's husband.
Joseph Joseph is an Olinka tribe member.
Kate Kate is one of Mr. ___'s sisters.
Lucious Lucious is Celie and Nettie's little brother.
Mary Agnes Mary Agnes, also known as Squeak, is Harpo's girlfriend.
May Ellen May Ellen is Alphonso's second wife.
Miss Millie Miss Millie is the mayor's wife.
Odessa Odessa is Sofia's sister.
Ole Mr. ___ Ole Mr. ___ is Mr. ___'s father.
Olivia Olivia is Celie's daughter.
Reynolds Stanley Reynolds Stanley is Eleanor and Earl's son.
Samuel Samuel is a minister and missionary who becomes Nettie's guardian and then husband.
Swain Swain is Harpo's friend.
Tashi Tashi is Adam's wife.
Theodosia Theodosia is Corrine's aunt.
Tobias Tobias is Mr. ___'s brother.
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