Even though she is a very strong woman she knows her role in the family. Ma knows when it is her time to help the family and when it is appropriate to step back and let the father run things. It is an unsaid statement but known by all in the family that "ma was powerful in the group" and they look to her for important decision making (133).
One of the most important attributes seldom attributed to women is the innate ability to keep the family as a cohesive whole. Women are the rock in the midst of familial turmoil, the solid foundation on which a husband or head of a household can stand firm. Fully assured that womanhood will stand back of the ranks and take care of domestic needs. Women have qualities that keep the family strong, these unique attributes can divided into several standards. One being the physical aspect of “mother” nature, two virginity representing the religious type of the standard, three is the young bitch who represent the physical state while four is the old bitch who also has a spiritual side of the woman standard.
They are expected to take care of their children with the best of their ability and are trusted totally by their children. This honorable presentation of women is used by Achebe to identify women's role in the Ibo society. This presentation is necessary to show that women indeed play an important role in society. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.
Nonetheless, the mothers were successful in showing that an ideal mother sacrifices for her children, does her best to ensure their children’s survival, and uses tough love. Yet, the two moms were not only successful because they showed the ideals of a good mother, but because they passed on the values of a good mother. Nana passed it on to Mariam and Mariam passed it on to Laila, who will pass it on to her next girl names Mariam.
My mother helped me become a good woman with family values and she influenced me to maintain a balance in life and persevere through hardships. She taught me that even though the bible states that women should submit themselves to their husband that does not mean that they are less inferior to them. Lastly, my mother showed me how women can accomplish anything that their hearts desire and are capable of taking care of family while having their own careers. Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed. The French novelist, Anatole France once said that “to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe”.
Mama’s experience in the play A Raisin in the Sun illustrates the expressions, the emotions, and the feeling with which Mama and women had to cope. She was able to characterize this through her passionate dreams, her control and her strong willed attitude. Mama is a powerful, strong witted person. She has a lot of control in this play and dominates as a woman character. This is unusual because this is usually a male’s position in life.
Mama knows that Maggie will use them the way they are meant to be used. Mama loved both of her girls; however, Maggie is more like her mother than Dee is. Maggie wasn’t as smart or educated as Dee, but again she learned the skills needed to preserve the family values. Unlike her sister, she will not just stick them on a wall somewhere. With the same views as her mother, she would use with love and care as her mother would use them.
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” (Cardinal Mermillod). A mother plays an integral role within the entirety of the family unit, caring and nurturing the children, loving her spouse, and fulfilling her responsibilities in and out of the house. However, despite loving everyone in her family equally, a mother tends to form a unique and special bond with her daughter. Since before the times of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, Maria Theresa and Marie Antoinette, and even St. Anne and Mary the mother of God, the importance of the mother-daughter relationship is evident throughout history. The importance of this bond between mothers and daughters plays a key role in today’s society and acts as a common theme seen in literature.
Family are one of the few people who won’t judge and will look past your flaws and mistakes. Family is important because they can sometimes be all you have. They are the people who make you feel special no matter the circumstances. In the book, one of the benefits of their family was that they had a loving and caring mother. It stated, “She was one of those women who were born to be a mother, and she loved us unconditionally; in many ways, we were her life.” This quotation is true not just for the Sparks family, but for most or all families because there are many families who grow up without a father and their mother is the only parent who is loving and caring.
Maternal Bond in Toni Morrison's Beloved The maternal bond between mother and kin is valued and important in all cultures. Mothers and children are linked together and joined: physically, by womb and breast; and emotionally, by a sense of self and possession. Once that bond is established, a mother will do anything for her child. In the novel Beloved, the author, Toni Morrison, describes a woman, Sethe, who's bond is so strong she goes to great lengths to keep her children safe and protected from the evil that she knows. She gave them the gift of life, then, adding to that, the joy of freedom.