Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mothers in Books: Fiction

Mother’s day is just around the corner and I thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite mother’s in fiction.  As it turns out, this was harder than I originally thought it would be.  With a few exceptions, fiction's most memorable mothers are beyond terrible. Why is that?

The Good: Mothers Worth Celebrating

Hester Prynne from the Scarlet Letter
A seventeenth-century single mother in Puritan New England, Hester sacrificed herself for her daughter.

Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Always trying to be her daughter’s matchmaker, Mrs Bennet is literature's most mortifying mother but you have to assume that her heart's in the right place.
Margaret 'Marmee' March  from Little Women.
This mother is charitable, hard-working, kind, loving and morally wise.

The Bad:  Monstrous Moms

Norma Bates from Psycho
Norma Bates might possibly be the worst mother in fiction.

Margaret White from Carrie
Carrie is Stephen King’s first published novel. 
Margaret is Carrie’s abusive, fanatical and unstable mother that later meets the fate of Carrie’s newly discovered telekinetic powers.

Petal from The Shipping News
Unfaithful to her husband and abusive to her children, this mother sold her children into human trafficking.

Corinne Dollanganger from Flowers in the Attic
Instead of confronting family issues, mother Corinne and grandmother Olivia imprison the children in the attic for years.  The abuse

Mary Lee Johnston from Push
Perhaps better known by the film’s title, Precious, this mother’s abuse is too ugly to put words to.

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