There are many fine women in this novel

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There are many fine women in this novel, and each of them has a distinctive, fighting sense of  courage. They refuse to be beaten into submission. The fiery-tempered women, of course, are easily  recognized, but it is the quiet, growing strength of Celie that finally impresses us most. For over half  the novel, Celie's method of resistance to violence of all kinds is stoically to endure — to pretend that  she is wood, a tree bending but not breaking. This psychology works for Celie. For a long time, it is  enough. But later, she luckily has friends who convince her that it is not enough to simply endure and  "be alive." One must fight. By nature, Celie is not a fighter. In fact, she refuses to fight until she  realizes how thoroughly cruel her husband has been. For years, Celie "absorbs" Albert's brutal violence, but when she sees proof that he has hidden all of 
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