Motherly Roles

Topics: Family, Novel, The Grapes of Wrath Pages: 3 (980 words) Published: July 21, 2010
Motherly Roles
In the spirit of Mother’s Day approaching, I felt it only obligatory to talk about the mothers in the novels in which I’ve read. I could mention the first lady in which I read in class from the novel “The Great Gatsby”, although this lady being Daisy Buchanan wasn’t much of a motherly role to commend. The mother I’d like to take my hat off to would be Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath.” In comparison to a great motherly role is Mrs. Kelly in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” These are two mothers who would do anything to keep their families together.

What is a mother? Yes, a mother is one who has conceived, given birth, and raised children through their own social, cultural, and religious differences. A mother is gentle, yet strong. A mother always shows you just how much she cares and always makes you feel as if you belong, even though you may feel she is completely off. A mother is a dependable source of comfort, a cushion when you fall, a constant supporter through indecisive decisions, and one who gives guidance while you’ve drifted through a dark tunnel. No wonder we pay much tribute to our mothers. They are with us through think and thin and through the good times and the bad. From the six novels discussed in class, I believe Ma Joad from “The Grapes of Wrath” amplifies the mother role.

John Steinbeck writes an endearing novel, “The Grapes of Wrath” about love, lose, hopes, struggle and the importance of family. Ma Joad was the courage, wisdom, and matriarch of the family. She was the mother to the main character/narrator Tom Joad. Whenever the Joads were ready to give up, Ma Joad would reinforce them with enough courage to go on. She even gave the voice of reason to Pa Joad when he was too weak and losing his place as head of the household, the voice of reason to keep him from giving up. She was the strongest person in the whole family. She not only had to be the right hand for her husband, but the strongest person for the whole family....
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