Louise as a Heroine

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Louise as a Heroine

Post by maritzaalston » 04 Apr 2019, 17:52

Louise successfully brings the Express back to the docks and also does a tremendous job at not breaking down after Larry's accident.

From the moment that Larry asked her to take over the Warhorse, Louise stays confident and brave throughout. I believe that this was an important role and that although Louise did not have the perfect marriage she does not let it get in the way of her assignment.

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Post by briellejee » 05 Apr 2019, 04:18

Yeah, I think I agree with you that Louise strong - both mentally and emotionally. I think I would want a whole arc about her life before meeting Larry. I mean, no one that strong could have been born that way.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 05 Apr 2019, 15:04

Louise stayed strong for so many reasons. Can you imagine how different the story would have been if she had fallen apart in the middle of the sea? Her husband still would have died. Nothing else would have been the same.
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Post by evraealtana » 06 Apr 2019, 14:13

briellejee wrote:
05 Apr 2019, 04:18
Yeah, I think I agree with you that Louise strong - both mentally and emotionally. I think I would want a whole arc about her life before meeting Larry. I mean, no one that strong could have been born that way.
I agree. I thought she could have been the protagonist in her own right, rather than one of a number. I would have loved to have heard more about her as a person, besides just hearing about her as one half of a marriage.
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Post by Nerea » 07 Apr 2019, 23:24

I agree. I like how she made sure everything is well taken care of including the payments of the employees. She is brave and clever indeed.
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Post by maritzaalston » 08 Apr 2019, 19:25

Yes, she does a great job of holding it together. She also maneuvers the old Warhorse and navigates both the tug and the Express back to the docks. Larry had a lot of faith in her and her ability to get the job done. In my opinion, she was a very strong character in this book.

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Post by Kibetious » 11 Apr 2019, 10:02

Concerning her marriage, I am of the opinion that she was felt largely insecure to the point of doubting her husband even after various attempts to disapprove her point. She did a nice job though leading the team back to shore.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 14 Apr 2019, 06:08

Louise is a model of courage, resilience, and leadership. Most of the women in the story are portrayed in a good light. Sheldon is a feminist! :D

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Post by Dusamae » 14 Apr 2019, 16:49

I agree with you. She was one of my favorite characters, and yes I would call her a heroine. She showed a lot of strength during the time her husband and the crew were on the other boat, even though her husband was injured and dying she continued to hold it together, professionally.

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Post by unamilagra » 14 Apr 2019, 23:27

I noticed that even though Larry was technically considered the boss of the crew, everyone aboard still looked to her for guidance and reassurance. She had the respect of everyone, even before the incident with Larry. She's obviously been a tough cookie for a long time (hence the nickname Tugboat Annie), and her ability to keep a level head and save the rest of the crew in the wake of Larry's accident was a testament to that.

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Post by abithacker » 15 Apr 2019, 10:03

Louise is such an interesting character in how relatable her struggles and reactions to the events of the book are, and how strong her characteristics are. She's angry that Larry may be cheating on her, but she quickly shuts down any interest that the crew may have on her, staying loyal to a man who may be cheating on her. She steps up to the task of steering the tug boat and getting the men safely aboard the other ship, fighting to get the money to keep her business going. She also is able to continue fighting for that salvage money after Larry's accident, and doesn't allow her grief to distract her from her goal. I liked this character very much!
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Post by kdstrack » 19 Apr 2019, 16:17

Louise and Larry were having difficulties in their relationship. Her doubts about Larry led her to consider having a romp with Travis on the ship! Even after Larry was dead, she still had her doubts about her husband's meetings with Suzette. With everyone else, Louise was a rock. She didn't fall apart on the ship, in spite of the stress of the storm and the death of her husband. She stood up to Buckhorn and refused to sell her property to them. - Louise distrusted the man who lived under her roof, but she gained the trust of the men with whom she worked.

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Post by maritzaalston » 20 Apr 2019, 12:00

Definitely, in the middle of my reading and after Larry's accident, I was reflecting on how she was going to receive the news. And after she found out I understood how strong she was as she continued tugging the Express. She kept her mind on what was going on in spite of what had happened to her husband. I absolutely appreciated the fact that the author developed this character so well.

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Post by Ralibeau » 23 Apr 2019, 23:14

This attested to her character. At the start of the novel when they were headed out to sea I was convinced that at some point she was going to push Larry overboard.

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Post by Kibetious » 24 Apr 2019, 00:10

maritzaalston wrote:
20 Apr 2019, 12:00
Definitely, in the middle of my reading and after Larry's accident, I was reflecting on how she was going to receive the news. And after she found out I understood how strong she was as she continued tugging the Express. She kept her mind on what was going on in spite of what had happened to her husband. I absolutely appreciated the fact that the author developed this character so well.
This is very true. Indeed, she remained strong despite the fact that the Buckhorn tugs that were much faster than their ship were following them.
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