I don't think Alex was the only one responsible in this situation. The mother who did not remove Natalie from an abusive situation is also to blame, although she herself was in a abusive situation as well, and this plays a big factor in how she handled life's situations.cristinaro wrote: ↑01 Apr 2018, 16:23The protagonist in Ironbark Hill is sixteen-year-old Natalie Chapman. She has to cope with verbal, physical and psychological abuse from an alcoholic stepfather. Her answer is fighting back mistreatment and finding a refuge in art.
What is your view on the matter? Is the alcoholic father the only responsible in the family equation? Which are the best means of responding to abuse and other traumatic experiences? Do you think it is difficult for a writer to describe abusive situations?
There is no best way to handle this kind of situation. Each person has to find a path that truly works. I do think outside help is beneficial, if available.
I'm sure it is difficult to write about such situations. Authors who have experienced abuse could reopen old wounds, and those that haven't will likely need to tread carefully as an outsider looking in.