Page 257. " I still don't like frogs "

The novel has been criticised by some as being too full of coincidences, and thus likened to the fairy tale tradition (where we find frog princes). But Celie's earlier comment to Mr._ that 'frogs is what they stay' shows that she herself holds no such beliefs. She refuses to marry him again, choosing instead independence.

Page 259. " Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear Everything. "

This address clearly states that at last Celie feels free to express herself. She has found her voice and sings out loud.

Page 261. " White people busy celebrating they independence from England July 4th "

American Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated annually on 4 July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is commonly referred to as the birthday of the United States of America.

Harpo's statement that this is a holiday for white people highlights the fact that African-Americans at that time did not gain 'independence': the battle began for them with the birth of the modern African-American Civil Rights Movement in 1955.

Alice Walker herself is still a campaigner for civil rights. Her speech 'Activism is the Rent I Pay for Living on this Planet', given at Evening of Conscience, 2 October 2006, can be heard below.