Too often in literature mom is just a side character. I want to celebrate some of the moms in the literary world who have taught me valuable lessons over the years.
I’d like to highlight some of my favourite literary mothers in honour of Mother’s Day!
Ma and 5 year old Jack live in an 11 foot by 11 foot room. Ma sacrifices everything for her son so they can escape from “room” and have a chance at a normal life. Despite her abduction and abuse, Ma is able to create a world for her son and does everything in her power to make that world a better place.
Katie Nolan in Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Katie Nolan is a resilient and hard-working mother, who has made it through poverty and hardship. At the turn of the century, when life was hard for low-class women in America, Katie is an example of how to persevere. The lessons that she learned, she passes down to her children.
Catelyn Stark in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series
Another mother you don’t want to mess with is Catelyn Stark. Catelyn isn’t as greedy as some of the other mothers featured in the series. She protects her loved ones without being vengeful or demanding. In addition to nurturing her five children, she shows the utmost respect for her nephew, the King of the North, when the rest of the family doesn’t bother to count him as one of their own.
Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest