Are you sympathetic towards Ruth?

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Re: Are you sympathetic towards Ruth?

Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 28 Oct 2017, 14:38

I did not feel sympathy towards Ruth. She should have been aware of the mistreatment of her daughter and Grand-daughter.

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Post by kelvinnduhiu » 31 Oct 2017, 02:54

yes..she has encountered very many ups and downs in her relationship yet she has kept on being firm

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Post by Neharajoria » 01 Nov 2017, 13:37

A silent spectator is as bad as an accomplice. To me Ruth was an accomplice in Flinch's abuse, so I feel no sympathy for her, in fact it's possible that in real life people like Ruth are the cause of abusers repeating their actions.
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Post by Momiji1987 » 13 Dec 2017, 18:49

This is another example of realistic portrayal of characters. Ruth married a child molester and willed herself to believe everything was fine in order to avoid guilt over her poor choices. In the end, its tragic and she's not entirely at fault. Abusers know how to exploit the vulnerabilities of their victims.

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Post by Bancroft » 14 Dec 2017, 03:52

we learn bits and pieces about Ruth and the life her daughter and granddaughter had with her. We even learn some things like bravery aand courage
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Post by CNWaweru » 26 Jan 2018, 02:28

I am not sympathetic towards Ruth. I feel she could have tried to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter and then she would have understood what they were going through.
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Post by mamalui » 12 Mar 2018, 13:57

I am not at all sympathetic towards Ruth in regard to the way she handled the issue of Sarah. I think she even helped to damage the girl further by making her feel unwanted. And regarding the abuse as a parent she should paid more attention to what goes on under her roof.
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Post by onixpam » 30 Mar 2018, 20:21

I do not feel any sympathy with Ruth, It is not possible that something like this could be hidden for a long time, it shows the lack of communication and a relationship with her daughter, and makes me wonder if she known, or at least suspected, about what was happening.

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Post by dtb » 31 Mar 2018, 11:03

I don't feel much sympathy for Ruth because her behavior was awful, but I don't hold her accountable for her husband's abusive behavior. I just learned from the author interview that there will be more Strong Heart books so maybe we will learn more about what she did or did not know and when she knew it.

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