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Post by Erick Bixen » 03 May 2018, 02:57

n-dai che wrote:
01 Apr 2018, 17:09
The daughter's maturity to protect her mother makes her strong.
Indeed Natalie shows maturity since she thrives to care for her mother at a very tender age.

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Post by Mr Justin » 07 May 2018, 03:58

No, it doesn't! The strong character of a woman does not only lay in her ability to endure emotional scourging,but also the ability to stand up against abuse of her children:

The strength of a character of a woman can either be assessed by looking at reaction when you abuse her children,or when you ill-treat her.

In the case of Irma, Natalie's mother,she demonstrated her weakness which is also common in other women.

However, her daughter,Natalie she is a strong girl.

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Post by Erick Bixen » 07 May 2018, 14:59

Zilelabelle wrote:
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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.
Natalie is indeed caring to her mother.

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Post by Erick Bixen » 07 May 2018, 15:00

Erick Bixen wrote:
07 May 2018, 14:59
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.
Natalie is indeed caring to her mother.
This situation is real since there are school going children who care for their parents today.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 08 May 2018, 05:07

Character is one thing,strength is another.To have both clearly makes you a force to reckon with.To me, this is exactly what Natalie portrayed in her trying moments and my opinion of her does not change. We all have flaws,that doesn't make us any less of who we are.

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Post by joshfee77 » 12 May 2018, 08:35

I think Natalie's mother definitely lacked the strength to fight back in the Prologue of Ironbark Hill. This is an unfortunate reality for many abused women who are too frightened to respond or stand up for themselves against intimidating and violent men. By contrast, Natalie herself showed definite strength in standing up to Alex as he struck her mother. A brief defiance, but impressive nonetheless.

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 14 May 2018, 09:49

I'd say so! The unhappy home, as you put it, is what drives Natalie to be strong--to protect her mother and to be resilient in the face of, you know, abuse. Readers immediately understand that Natalie is arguably the strongest character they will see (or at least the one they're supposed to be focusing on) and root for her accordingly. :)

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Post by ValBookReviews » 26 May 2018, 07:25

It doesn't have to. But, I find that it takes great faith to endure hardship. Therefore, yes even in an unhappy home, the prologue convey a strong character of a woman. It takes strength to bear it.
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Post by Mely918 » 29 May 2018, 10:49

The strength of the character depends on who they are as a person, regardless of their upbringing or circumstances. In this case, it would depend on the character's resilience and determination to find a better life for themselves.

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Post by Brittany J » 30 May 2018, 12:11

Natalie portrays a strong female character and I think it is her unhappy home that has made her resilient and strong.

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Post by Helpme71 » 01 Jun 2018, 05:09

I think it does, because Natalie is what I would consider a strong female character, even with the unhappy home that she lives in because of her abusive stepfather.
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Post by Wesley Liu » 02 Jun 2018, 22:27

I think that the unhappy home has shaped Natalie into a strong female character. Since she has survived and persisted through such horrible occurrences, I would definitely classify her as a strong female character. Anyone who has to cope or deal with something like that could no way be considered weak, especially in this case because Natalie tried her very best to do what she could against the abuse.

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Post by VirgoRules2018 » 03 Jun 2018, 09:28

Strength of character is a key ingredient in surviving an unhappy home. Each day that you remain in some reasonable state of living in that circumstance..is a victory that a weak person may not be able to deal with. It is not until we are faced with struggles that the true nature of who we are ...comes out and shows itself.
Some people give up on the first day and some continue on...until they cannot...anymore.
Until your resolve is tested..you will never be able to assess the durability of your 'skin'. Do not judge a book by its cover and do not judge someone by their circumstance...their story may not be over yet.

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Post by simplymica26 » 04 Jun 2018, 03:48

Yes, the prologue convey a strong character of a women. At an early age, she portrayed an admirable adult lady. Helping her mother to take care of the family. In reality, those who came from the bottom and strive hard to live are the one consider strong. You cannot be strong if you are unable to stand through hardship

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Post by daniya__shah3 » 07 Jun 2018, 06:44

I think yes, the strength of her character is quite evident in the prologue. I'm generally more fond of books where women hold onto their strength instead of breaking apart in hard times, because strength generally stands as a marker to deal with situations more maturely and rationally.
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