Favorite Mothers from Literature
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Unfortunately, I don’t have 10 favorite mothers from my classics list. So, this is actually 4 favorites, 3 I’m ambivalent about, 2 I disliked, and Melanie Hamilton is a class by herself.
Ma Joad from The Grapes of Wrath for her tireless devotion to her family.
Lady Jessica from Dune
Fantine from Les Mis
Amelia Osbourne from Vanity Fair – I’m judging this from memory, and I might change my mind later (this is my current read – a reread). Amelia has her flaws, but as I remember her devotion as a mother brings her to a terrible sacrifice. I’m not even sure I agree with her decision, but have no doubt about the purity of her motive.
Ambivalent – There were some things I liked about these mothers, but then there were other moments – not so much:
Sethe from Beloved
Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter
Antonia (mother of Claudius) from I, Claudius
Livia (Wife of Caesar Augustus) also from I, Claudius
Those last two are particularly awful.
Finally, there are other female characters whom I liked and/or admired, who happened to be mothers, but my opinion of them had little to do with their role as mothers, such as: Melanie Hamilton from Gone with the Wind. How can you not love Melanie? and although I find no fault with her as a mother, neither did I find anything especially commendable in that regard.