Having children changes everything. The normal household consists of two parents, but on some occasions children grow up with one or maybe no parents. The idea of a better lifestyle lives in all of us, and parents who live a not so great lifestyle will work for an even better lifestyle for their kids. Langston Hughes "Mother to Son," and Robert Hayden "Those Winter Sundays," displays a parents will to make a better lifestyle for their children. A parent’s love is shown in different shades depending on the personality of the individual.
The role that a mother takes is a more affectionate approach while the father is a more protective guardian. "Mother to Son" shows mothers direct love as she tells her son to never give up because she has not. "Those Winter Sundays" shows a father's indirect love as he struggles to make a better lifestyle for his child. He is never truly appreciated until death but he loved his child all the same. Even though the love is not always shown it is still there.
Both the stories show the struggle parents have to go through that has an ending at death. In "mother to son" she tells her child to never give up no matter what the condition. Her life was not easy and she does not expect it to be easy for son either. In "Those Winter Sundays" the father never gave up on his child even though he was not in the best condition to do so. Both poems show an undying love between a parent and child.
Langston Hughes “Mother To Son” Gardner, Janet E., Beverly Lawn, Jack R. Ridl and Peter J. Schakel, eds. Literature: A Portable Anthology, 3rd Edition. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2013. Robert Hayden “Those Winter Days,” Gardner, Janet E., Beverly Lawn, Jack R. Ridl and Peter J. Schakel, eds. Literature: A Portable Anthology, 3rd Edition. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2013.
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