Mother Figures in It Used to Be Green Once and Going to the Moon
In both Patricia Grace's short story It Used to Be Green Once and in Nino Ricci's short story Going to the Moon, the mother figures to the protagonists are caring and outgoing, but differ on their ability to comprehend specific situations. First and foremost, the characters that act as the mother figures in the short stories both care for the protagonists. The mother of the protagonist in It used to Be Green Once cares for all of her children. This is seen when the main character states that her, "mum would dig out the rotten bits, and then give them to is to take for play-lunch" (Grace 2). The protagonist's mother took the time go through all of her children's lunch and sanitize them so that they would not become ill. In a similar way, the teacher of the protagonist in Going to the Moon, Miss Johnson, acts as the mother figure, caring for him. When the main character starts crying because he feels humiliated because his jacket was repaired with sewn on buttons, Miss Johnson comforts him and he describes her as "beautiful and soft and gently rounded, and her quick sad concern for me so misdirected..."(Ricci). Miss Johnson cares for the unnamed protagonist and she comforts him when he needs to express his vent up feelings. The mother in Patricia Grace's short story and the teacher in Ricci's both have the motherly aspect of caring for the main characters. Next, both of the mother figures are outgoing and not afraid of doing as they please. In Grace's short story, the mother is known throughout the community for her extrovert and assertive personality. The protagonist recalls a time where they tried to argue with her over driving without a licence, she retorts," 'What do I want a licence for? I can drive can't I? I don't need the proof,'" (Grace 4). The mother figure does what she wants to do, and does not care about what others think about it. Furthermore, in Ricci's short story, Miss Johnson's...
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