Who are the mothers in literature, and how do they affect the plot? Mothers like Anna Karenina, Edna Pontellier, and Emma Bovary are all memorable mothers in literature. Why are they so unforgettable?
1. Emma Bovary
Emma is a dreamer. As a young girl, she romanticized about what her life would be like; but her marriage could never offer her the realization of her fondest hopes. Emma's passionate desires lead to her ultimate downfall (she can't pay for the lifestyle she wants to lead, and her whole family is adversely affected by her actions). Madame Bovary - The Original Classic Edition
2. Anna KareninaAnna falls in love with Vronsky, even though she's a married woman. Her husband forgives her for her adultery, and she might have lived happily ever after, but misunderstanding separates her from Vronsky. Ultimately, the little family is irrevocably affected.Anna Karenina
Gertrude (Queen of Denmark) is Hamlet's mother. She's memorable because Hamlet's father was murdered, and she proceeded to marry Hamlet's uncle (Claudius, her brother-in-law). Her relationship with Hamlet is tumultuous (he sees her as a representative of weak womanhood, which also affects his opinion and relationship with Ophelia), but she ultimately drinks the poisoned drink intended for Hamlet. Whatever the true nature of her guilt or innocence (in regard to her first husband's death), her final act could be seen as self-sacrificial, even redemptive. "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
4. Edna Pontellier
Edna was never one of the "mother women." Although she loves her children, that love does not stop her from leaving her family, setting up a house, finding a new relationship, and attempting to fully find herself. Ultimately, the waves welcome her...
Marmee (Mrs. March) is the matriarch of the March household in Louisa May Alcott's famous Little Women series. She offers moral guidance and unconditional love to her girls: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. She is a force of nature: she keeps the family together through the most difficult times; she sacrifices of herself.
Jocasta was the mother of Oedipus, and she also was cursed/fated to become his wife (and the mother of his children). We experience her despair with her as she discovers the reality of her situation.