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Mothers are portrayed as kind, giving, and the ones making sacrifices for their children. In the poem Austere by Roland Flint the mother helps to portray what a mother should be. One example in first line of the poem, “How she left kettles of water; On the kitchen stove for baths”, this shows her love and kindness by heating up each kettle of water for the bathtub. Back in 1950’s when he was a boy they didn’t have showers with running hot water like in our modern day and age. She would take her time filling and heating up each kettle, which was then used to fill up the tub to the right temperature. There are other ways that she cared for her children which was through sacrifice. In lines 9-12, “ How all of us take turns;
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There is a part in lines 4-11 that provides a good example, “So she lugged a chair behind the garage; to sit out the children’s naps; Sometimes there were things to watch- the pinched armor of a vanished cricket, a floating maple leaf. Other days she stared until she was assured when she closed her eyes; she’d see only her own vivid blood”. The mother is looking for a place to be alone, to just get away to think about just her self. By her going behind the garage, it shows her way of trying to hide that way she can be away from her kids. A mother has no right to leave her children in a house unattended even if they were napping. For instance there is another part the lines 12-16, “ She had an hour, at best, before Liza appeared; pouting from the top of the stairs. And just what was mother doing out back with the field mice? Why, building a palace”. Liza shows little respect towards her mother and she herself acting something like a mother would be acting like if they were to see their child outside. The mother is still showing her distance by creating a palace, something much better and distant from her family. Even though she isn’t the best mother figure she gets back to it and sticks with

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