The only person who reciprocates your love is gone, the only way you know how to cope is through letters. The Color Purple by Alice Walker is told by an African-American woman named Celie and takes place in rural Georgia between 1910–1940. Throughout the book, readers experience the life of Celie, through a series of letters to God. Early on in the book Celie and her sister Nettie are separated, not on their own terms, and Celie is sent to live with Mr.__ to take care of him and his children. In these letters Celie tries to explain the struggles she goes through and problems she faces as an African-American woman, with the very little education she had. A common theme that occurs in The Color Purple is sexism. The author uses this theme as a struggle in women lives, creating an accurate representation of the time period the book takes place in. It is rare that the household of Mr.__ will have visitors, and upon his sister’s arrivals there was a conversation between Mr.__’s sister and Harpo. This was a time when Harpo was a young boy speaking to his aunt about working on the field with Celie. The author writes “Harpo, don’t let Celie be the one to bring in all the water. You a big boy now. Time for you to help out some. Women work, he say. What? she say. Women work. I’m a man.” (Walker 21) We get a sense of how Harpo thinks women deserve to be working. This is significant because we can see his beliefs are instilled into him because of his father and the time period the book is set in. Harpo did not want to help Celie because he believed he carried a higher importance as a man. This is also a community Celie is living in, she would constantly be attending to the needs of Mr.__ and his children because she also believed that was what she was brought up to do. As a woman living in this time period surrounded by manipulative men, it was easy for Celie to be submissive to their power. This scene proves not only Harpo’s sexism but the sexism surrounding his community, in general, and how he was influenced by his elders. In addition, Celie’s sister, Nettie, writes a series of letters to her. Although she is at first unaware Nettie writing to her, she finds them in the trunk of Mr.__’s car. She reads the journey of her sister taking care of Celie’s son, Adam, and daughter, Olivia, through their adventures of being missionaries. In one of the letters, a conversation sparked between an Olinka native couple who accuses Olivia of educating their daughter. “The Olinka do not believe girls should be educated. When I asked a mother why she thought this, she said: A girl is nothing to herself; only to her husband can she become something. What can she become? I asked. Why, she said, the mother of his children. But I am not the mother of anybody’s children, I said, and I am something.You are not much, she said.” (Walker 156) Olinka natives have an idea that women are created for being wives or creating babies, or else they are to no importance, creating a sexist ideology. This scene shows that not only was sexism present in America, but it was shown simultaneously thousands of miles away where Celie was present. Furthermore, it explains how the time period was crucial when thinking about the beliefs of sexist nature. Lastly, upon Celie’s departure in Mr.__’s home, he belittles her the most out of any time in the book. “He laugh. Who you think you is? He say. You can’t curse nobody. Look at you. You black, you pore, you ugly, you a woman. Goddam, he say, you nothing at all.” (Walker, 206) The author communicates to the reader how Mr.__ feels about women, and this quote only furthers that idea. Mr.__ explains how he thinks of women as worthless and non-comparable to a man. In this argument between Celie and Mr.__ you see a turning point in her attitude because this is one of the only times in the book standing up for herself. All her life she was disparaged by men, and she was finally able to break her shell and stand up for her worth. Although this was a rare occurance, the misogyny throughout the book was an ordinary ordeal. This book ultimately shows that relative to the time period, inequality of the sexes was common and even practiced throughout a group of individuals. The idea women are only good for working, having children, or belonging to a man are recurrent sexist beliefs that appeared throughout the book. Although we have evolved as a society, sexism is relevant in today’s world and individuals do practice the prejudiced theme of the book. Ultimately this book was created to show the hardship African American women face, not just in America, but around the world.