african american lit

Topics: Pregnancy, Fetus, Abortion Pages: 2 (308 words) Published: May 4, 2014


African American Lit. 2650/102
Discuss the conflict
“the mother”
The conflict in Gwendolyn Brooks “the mother” is very sad and painful experience of abortions. It is about a mother who has deled with many abortions and is being regretful about the situation. In conflict of internal that takes place within the narrator minds is “Abortion will not let you forgot” (line1). She talks about the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus. It touches a mother that goes through the experience of losing a child that is unborn. For example,” You will never wind up the sucking thumb”(7) Thus using internal conflict to expressed a feeling of an unborn child that is dead.at this will hunt the mother “Or scuttle off ghost that come”(8). Also “You will never leave them, controlling your luscious sign. It stays with the mother for life. The narrator also expressed “My dim dears at the breasts they could never suck”(13). The small amount light there is no hope. What really hurt her she realized ”Since anyhow you are dead/ You were never made”(24,26). The external between the mother and her environment she experience the things around her. “The singers and workers that never handled the air/You will never wind up the sucking-thumb”(4,7) as mother accept the baby never born to experience the world. Also, “Return for a snack of them, with gobbling mother-eye”(11) swallowed up from mother’s eye sight. The last few lines “You were born, you had a body, you died/It is just that you never giggled or planned or cried./Believe me, I know you , though faintly, and I loved, I loved you”(29-30,32). Mother to unborn is gone even though I picture the unborn fetus with love and care. Still I love my unborn children that didn’t survived.
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