Question of the Week #25: Memorable Mothers
In celebration of Mother's Day, this week we're thinking about memorable mothers in literature. Which character is a great mom--and who's not so wonderful? Who is your favorite literary mother?
For different reasons, Ma Joad in The grapes of wrath and Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice
May 4, 2009 12:41 pm
Roxana from Pudd'nhead Wilson serves as both spectrums of motherhood. First, she's a great mother, because she had tried to aide her son by getting him out of slavery by switching him with a white boy of the same age. however, this eventually destroys him, because he becomes spoiled and cowardly as a result. This thrust him into a nature vs. nurture issue, highlighting the struggle between one's environment and one's innate personality, but it all stemmed from the mother's action.
regardless of the outcome, she always stood by her son, and tried her best to correct his path, which, i suppose, redeems her of the bad outcomes of her actions driven out of good intentions.
May 4, 2009 4:54 pm
Anna Karenina for so many reasons.. The story was filled with so much sadness that I can't help but think of her as a mother who left her children, a wife who abandoned her husband.. and then a lover who feeds her misery.. So sad..
May 10, 2009 2:47 pm
Matilda in the Anne of Green Gables series, and Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Both acted as mothers to a female character, and I happen to find them both quite memorable.
There is also, of course, Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series... Not only did she care for her own children, but for Harry and Hermione and every one else that came to be with her.
May 11, 2009 3:32 pm
Addie Bundren from As I Lay Dying. Besides her death and burial driving the plot of the story, the book is about the relationships between her family members and especially about the relationship of each one TO Addie.
I think that some of the major ideas in the book revolve around selflessness vs. acting in self interest, and Addie (and then, notions / stereotypes of motherhood) is at the center of it all. The chapter she narrates and what she says about her life are also fascinating!
May 22, 2009 10:43 am
I'm surprised no one mentioned Marmee from Little Women! Her fierce spirit, her determination, and her loving care makes her one of my favorite mothers.
Jun 16, 2009 5:33 pm
Jane in The Beasts of Tarzan (the first in the series where she has a kid). She is very nurturing and cares about her child immensely.
Jun 16, 2009 9:35 pm