Louise - Indifferent or Impactful?

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Re: Louise - Indifferent or Impactful?

Post by Kibetious » 27 Apr 2019, 09:13

Radiant3 wrote:
25 Apr 2019, 14:50
I think Louise did feel remorse after his death but had to put aside the full impact of the situation for the time being. She had to handle the responsibilities regarding her company and what the future held for her and her employees. There was also the inner conflict between her sadness about his death and her still unresolved anger towards Larry.
This is a valid assertion. Louise was under some pressure considering that her husband had just died and there was the company that was on the verge of collapsing also. However, I still believe that her attitude was largely affected by the fact that she did not trust Larry fully.
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Post by ViziVoir » 30 Apr 2019, 23:10

I certainly agree that you don't have to mourn "enough" for someone's death to be considered a good person. Her emotional reaction made sense for her mindset and situation, even if it isn't what we would normally think of as appropriate.

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Post by Kibetious » 01 May 2019, 03:36

At the end of everything, despite her constant doubts about her husband, Louise came out as impactful. She handled the Buckhorn tugs really well thus was able to tug the Seattle Express till the port. She is also left running the company that was on the verge of collapsing.
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Post by Lhisa » 01 May 2019, 07:21

I think that there are several stages of grief and many types of people. She was at the anger stage where she was upset at him for leaving her. I also don't think that her wanting to divorce him equates to her hating him, many persons get divorced because they are no longer in love with each other. We have to also remember that each person grieves in a different way and just because the pain isn't visible, does not mean that it is not there.

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Post by mmm17 » 01 May 2019, 09:47

Louise was a character that I did not particularly like. Her lack of grief actually bothered me. I do understand that she had mixed feeling about her husband, but even so I would expect a little more emotion. Just my two cents, though.

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Post by YL_Eytka » 05 May 2019, 05:28

I think that Louise had a lot on her plate with regards to emotions, I think she loved Larry and was just torn apart by her belief that he was cheating on her and this made her feel guilty when he died, but even more after she found out that he wasn't cheating on her. Also I agree with a lot of those above me in that Louise is not the outwardly emotional type

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Post by Shielasshi_93 » 05 May 2019, 06:48

I don't think she did mourn for her husband, its just that she has a strong personality and she has a different way of expressing her self.

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Post by unidhi05 » 28 May 2019, 03:39

Personally, I think that Louise's character is well established. She's a strong woman who doesn't let her emotions out so easily. And, because of trust issues with Larry, she's already shattered that her marriage is falling apart. I think, the grief of Larry's death will come later after she realises that her husband is innocent and wasn't cheating on her!

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Post by beccabecky » 29 May 2019, 00:41

i feel sometimes strong characters can be misunderstood and she's a strong character all around. In my opinion she did love her husband and isn't as indiferent as she comes across.

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Post by VernaVi » 29 May 2019, 05:52

Once again, Charlie Sheldon is able to write reality. I've known people like Louise. Her anger at her husband for dying is so real and honest. If she felt nothing, she wouldn't have been angry. Her affinity for the people still missing shows she has a heart. Louise may not have been the most ethical person, but she came across as a woman who could hold her own in a man's world.

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Post by Emily Guerra » 18 Jul 2019, 19:46

evraealtana wrote:
03 Apr 2019, 18:27
I don't think her lack of "sufficient" grief disqualifies her as a deep, meaningful character. Everyone grieves differently from one another, and differently for different losses. If she and Larry had grown apart, as it seemed that they had, then she may have felt little to nothing for him by the end of it, in which case her reaction was more to do with guilt over his accident than mourning over his loss. I don't think it's fair to tell someone how they ought to behave in response to a loss, since it's so dependent on the inner workings of the particular relationship.
I agree. Grieving is a process and it's not the same for everyone. Everyone has a different way of acting and reacting while grieving. Always determined on how the relationship worked. Not everyone will fall into depression immediately or stop smiling/laughing for a while.

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Post by Emily Guerra » 18 Jul 2019, 20:14

Prisallen wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 16:38
I, personally, felt like Louise did love her husband. She had a strong personality and didn't let her grief show. She was angry at him for getting hurt and for leaving her behind. I think the grieving would come later.
It's a possibility. I think she had a lot to feel at the moment, maybe thinking of the company's future. In the grieving process, a lot can happen. She may show emotionless at the beginning, but time makes you feel the absence of a person. Even if the relationship wasn't in its best season.

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