Hardship’s of Single Mothers
About 16% of children are raised by a single mother due to divorce, neglect and separation from their former spouse. In the novel “Room” is comparable to many difficulties that women within society experience while raising a child by themselves. The character portrayed by Ma acts as the biological mother for Jack. Ma has experienced extreme physical, emotional, physiological and spiritual abuse. Much of the suffering that is portrayed by Ma can be analyzed through young single women today and from the journal Single Mothers by Choice: Disrupting Dominant Discourses of the Family through Social Justice Alternatives by Jennifer Ajandi.
In the novel “Room” it’s clear that Ma is a struggling single mother that has been trapped in a room by a man named “Old Nick”. Throughout the novel it is evident that Ma is a striving portal of a mother’s devotion. She tries everything in her power to make Jack feel the love, support and protection any parent can give their child. “But what if Old Nick doesn’t uncut the power and he doesn’t bring more food, not ever ever ever? … “He will,” she says still breathing gulpy. … “I’m nearly a hundred percent sure he will” (Donoghue, 93). Here, Jack is scared about possible not receiving his food, Ma consoles him and tells him that she is well aware that Old Nick will bring him food she starts to reconnects that hope within Jack. In comparison, in the journal Single Mothers Jenn a single mother of a 2 year old describes her struggle and strength while raising her son. Jenn states, that when she got pregnant with her child she was happy and excited to start a family with the man she loved. However after her partner found out about the pregnancy he left her, leaving her to raise a child all by herself. Young and unaware of the situation Jenn she raised her child and didn’t allow him to feel any emptiness for love. “I raise my child with own values and do not need to negotiate these decisions...
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