The Mother-Daughter Relationship in A Taste of Honey

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The Mother-Daughter Relationship in A Taste of Honey

The play "A taste of Honey" is set up in England in the 1950s.

Helen is a single mother in a time it was very hard to rise up a child

due to the criticisms of society for being unmarried.

There were and still are social expectations on how should a good

mother be, caring, comprehensive, loving etc which Helen does not live

up to them.

The relation between Jo and Helen all over the book is a destructive

and negative relationship "Drink, drink, drink you make me sick" with

some moments of affection " I'll pay, you're not stupid. You'll soon

learn…you're wasting yourself".

Helen drinks, she is poor, living off of men putting them before Jo,

she is sarcastic and cold when it comes to Jo "I can't bear to be

parted from you" and inappropriately shares her sex-life with her

daughter but worse of all, she regrets that she has had a child; many

of these attitudes make Jo fell disgusted towards her mother, making

her even more insecure.

Jo only being a child is scared and vulnerable, not having a mother

rollmodle or any advice from her mother "It's your life, ruin it your

own way", Jo without noticing she is following some of her mother's

patterns making the some of the same mistakes, and following certain

life styles, which are the same things that made her feel disgusted of

her mother.

Jo fells jealous of the attention her mother gets from other men, and

as she has never been felt loved by anyone and has no experience of

love whatsoever, Jo with no experience and with out an a advice a

traditional mother would give, she soon gets pregnant.

Helen moves with a man leaving Jo alone. Once she is pregnant and

having no friends, Jo lives with Geoff, an homosexual that at a time

was also very strange and criticized in society.

In some way, Geoff shows a caring attitude towards Jo that Helen never

had "Why don't you go back to school".
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