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Post by Kemunto lucy » 07 Jun 2018, 14:13

Natalie portrays strength of a woman. She protects her mother though she is still a child.

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Post by SereneCharles » 08 Jun 2018, 14:41

Bettercallyourbookie wrote:
01 Apr 2018, 09:04
I think the prologue does convey strength of character even in an unhappy home.

Consider a few things for me: does circumstance define the strength of a character? If it doesn't, what does? If it does, doesn't being resilient in the face of hardships qualify as strength?

Also, even if she wasn't a strong character in the prologue, does that really matter? One of the most compelling things for me when I read a new book is character development. The process of finding that strength and resilience will probably be a better story than her being an unchanging source of strength throughout the entire novel.

Just food for thought. :)
I agree with you. Finding her strength through the circumstances would have probably made a better story. In such way, teens who lacked strength initially would be encouraged more by her story.

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Post by holsam_87 » 09 Jun 2018, 00:15

Zilelabelle wrote:
01 Apr 2018, 15:11
That depends, are you referring to the mother or the daughter? Because I think the daughter showed more fortitude and strength of character in protecting her mother.
I agree with you, Natalie always seemed to be a much stronger character than her mother ever was. It says a lot about a child that is willing to jump in the middle of their parents' fights.
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Post by Sefiros2211 » 09 Jun 2018, 12:33

Natalie finds little ways to survive the abuse. Hiding her favorite goat from Alex is a constant victory. Her romance fulfills her on a personal level, as those the encouragement of her artistic talent. She finds happiness amidst misery; that makes her strong.

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Post by AWANDO OGUTU » 09 Jun 2018, 21:54

Yes, staying in an unhappy home in the face of hardship portrays a woman of strong character who is willing to accept anything just to stay, fight for, comfort and share the sorrows of her family

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 11 Jun 2018, 23:41

It takes a really strong woman to be saddled with an unhappy home.
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Post by RedLetter » 12 Jun 2018, 10:13

The prologue does convey strength of a woman in portraying an unhappy home. As someone who grew up in an emotionally abusive home, I think it takes great character to stay in a tough situation. The mother conveys strength is her willingness to endure the abuse for the sake of her children. Natalie shows great fortitude in standing up to her step-father and protecting her mother. I think both women show great strength in protecting one another and complementing what the other may lack.

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Post by AWANDO OGUTU » 20 Jun 2018, 00:02

Staying in an unhappy home is no proof of strong character. Action and behaviour are what makes one a strong character.

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