Shifting attitude to women

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Re: Shifting attitude to women

Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 10 Nov 2018, 21:07

Farida Bali wrote:
10 Nov 2018, 09:25
Fozia-Bajwa wrote:
09 Nov 2018, 16:42
McDowell is the an abuser of women. Wherever he was, he is making victim to the different ladies. At home, he ignores his wife and at the place of his professional activities he plays with women like a game. He thinks women are only the source of entertainment for him and nothing more.
But his attitude towards women changed significantly after meeting Maud, her daughter and Hulga.
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Post by Dael Reader » 11 Nov 2018, 17:43

I don't think we have enough information to say that there even was a change in attitude. When he's on the run, he has to rely on anyone he can to get by. He's smart enough to know how to endear himself to women to get the kind of sympathy he wants. He probably would have had less success with men. The author simply chose to place more women in his path.

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Post by C-Extra22 » 18 Nov 2018, 04:53

The shift reflected a growth in his character as a human being.

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Post by stalliongirlke » 20 Nov 2018, 08:19

Sometimes it takes a person being pushed to a corner to realize the error of his/her ways. For me that doesnt matter as much as the end result. If it changes a person for the better, then its worth going through the process

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Post by Lynsyn » 20 Nov 2018, 09:37

In my opinion, it did start from loneliness before he met Maud. But as Hiram met Hulga and Winona, I do think that it is more of growth rather than loneliness.

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Post by serendipity 27 » 20 Nov 2018, 10:30

I think it was a definite shift in his development as a character. He treated women with such disdain thinking that they had nothing else to offer besides their bodies. He learned powerful lessons from these women, however. He learned humility and understanding. Basically what it means to be a human with feelings.
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Post by holsam_87 » 22 Nov 2018, 00:25

His change in how he viewed women definitely showed his growth as a character.
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Post by Ekta Kumari » 08 Dec 2018, 10:55

It was part loneliness and part his shift in attitude. He did had a very profound impact on him by women, especially Maud changed him for good. It was a big turn in his character.
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Post by Shalu1707 » 10 Dec 2018, 11:25

He did became considerate n the second half of the book, I think it was because of no human contact that he eventually started valuing others. He actually listened to those women's and was considerate and caring towards them as he tried understood mistakes of his past.

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Post by Theresam » 15 Dec 2018, 01:19

I agree - his relationships with Maude hulga and Winona showed how his opinion of women went through a transformation - he seemed to value their opinions and showed genuine respect for them in a way he did not express in the beginning of the book

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Post by StelKel1592 » 15 Dec 2018, 21:47

I think it's a bit of both, really: it's a response to his overwhelming loneliness (and ironically, despite his low opinion of women, they are the ones who are able to answer that loneliness) and that facilitates his development as a character/human being. Great question!

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Post by Jessacardinal » 07 Jan 2019, 18:38

I believe the shift in Hiram’s improved character comes from both growth as a human being and overwhelming loneliness. I wish he had more time to experience his new self before his story ended.
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Post by Hannahberry » 09 Jan 2019, 13:10

kdstrack wrote:
19 Oct 2018, 16:10
I think it was loneliness. When he was on the run, he didn't have all his internet of connections and activities to fall back on to fill up the emptiness. Being alone made him realize that he needed other people.
Completely agree with this comment, I think a big part of him opening up to women was about loneliness and a need for human contact

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