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What do you think is the significance of the recurring phrase "We are force"?

Created: 04/26/21

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davinamw

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What do you think is the significance of the recurring phrase "We are force"?

What do you think is the significance of the recurring phrase "We are force"?


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Marcia S

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RE: What do you think is the ...

"We are force" provides a story line which each woman has to live out. Each has to find her way, her "force" to survive and be their best self.


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nanette s

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Unfortunately, I didn't feel the story moved along well enough, or enough information given about the characters for that phrase "We are force" to resonate within the story. I didn't feel the phrase was used, or incorporated into the story to become a recurring theme felt from beginning to end of the book.


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Elizabetta

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I agree with Nanette S. “We are the Force” was not communicated from character to character and therefore provide no link. Jeanette’s words, “We are more than we think we are.” provided more context and offered hope.


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catho

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I think it was an important thread in the book - from page 2 when Carmen says "I thought, I need to be force" to page17 when the Maria Isabel hears it for the first time in the translation of Victor Hugo's letter "Who are we weakness? No, we are force" to pg 143 where Jeanette can only find "fuerza" in the copy of Les Miserables then mysteriously on pg 150-151" We are force, the ink reads in perfect script. Such an inscrutable thing to write in a book. I look at my grandmother and think, I am forced to love you. But then, You are forced to love me too." which is yet another understanding of force. But in the end on page 204 Carmen and Ana look at what Jeanette writes below "We are more than we think we are" and that brought it all full circle and I agree with Elizabetta, offered hope


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mtnluvr

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RE: What do you think is the ...

I do not feel that I saw “force” in the characters. I saw them more as victims of their circumstances. To me “force” would rise above the circumstances and become better.


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shirleyf

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I didn't see a driving or unifying force among the characters, but I saw them as going along with the force of their men. They seemed incapable or unwilling to develop their own strength or force to change their lives


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taking.mytime

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RE: What do you think is the ...

I did not see the recurring phrase 'We are Force' , nor did I feel it in the women portrayed. I saw some decision making in some women, but by no means felt a 'force' from any of them. But as I have answered in other questions - I did not feel that any of the women were fleshed out very well - each chapter seemed to be a small reflection of each woman.


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