How did Noa’s self-professed guilt impact how you felt about her as a character?
Join Date: 10/15/10
Join Date: 04/14/11
Join Date: 10/20/10
Noa's self-professed guilt left me feeling rather cold. While she was willing to explain what she did, she didn't have any remorse for her actions. I think there might have been a good reason why her friends and family had abandoned her.
Join Date: 04/18/11
Admitting her guilt was very much in character for Noa. I didn't particularly like the character of Noa, but I thought she was very well developed and stayed "in character" through-out the novel. Her character seemed to be an example of a life shaped by nurturing (or lack thereof) rather than nature.
Join Date: 06/18/12
I really liked the character of Noa. I found myself rooting for her and hoping Oliver would find some evidence that she did not really commit the crime of which she was accused. I had hoped that it was some mental issue or guilt that made her feel that she deserved to be punished and made her feel that Sarah's death was still her fault. The guilt she continued to acknowledge did not stop me from caring about Noa. Not until the end.
Join Date: 11/25/12
I felt sympathy for Noa. She'd carried the guilt of Persephone's death all those years and had nobody to share with. Her Dad was just a "user." She didn't really think Marlene was going to help her, although
Oliver did give her some hope for a while.
Join Date: 08/16/11
Once again, I agree with eileenp. Noa admitted her guilt but she did not really take responsibility for her actions. Her opening statement that everyone is either good or evil implies that she thought she was predestined to behave as she did, that she didn't have a choice. That's somewhat of a cop out, I think, and it's one of the reasons that I didn't sympathize with her character. Yes, her parents were horrible and terrible things happened to her, but she still made choices in her life that led her to prison.
Join Date: 05/20/13
Precisely because her guilt was self-professed and as a narrator, she painted herself more negatively than positively, I spent a good deal of the novel wondering if she was truly guilty (until the reveal near the end). This made me unsure how I felt about her - was she a victim or perpetrator? In the end, I guess she was both.
Join Date: 10/29/11
I found her self professed guilt to be in between refreshing in owning up to her crime(s) and at times sympathetic as I was not sure she was guilty. It always felt like she was taking on guilt due to her lo self esteem and lack of a good foundation/support system. If anything--I felt sympathy for her since I felt in a way the really guilty party was Marlene.
Join Date: 06/17/13
Join Date: 12/17/12
Her confession made me feel more negatively towards her. I kept thinking maybe she was really innocent. She pulled the trigger and that made her responsible, no matter what anyone else did. People are responsible for their actions--maybe insanity or very low intelligence is an excuse, but that's about it.
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