Here I come, after an idle week, to talk about my favourite mother figures in literature!
Catelyn Stark, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
It took me a lot to appreciate Catelyn, because I’m more the Brienne/Arya type of person. However, Martin pictures such vivid characters that I inevitably fell for almost every single one of them, the Lady of Winterfell included. She married Ned because she had to, which I found horrible, but the way she learned to love him and take care of him…I don’t think she could fake it at that point, not even to be the proper lady she was taught to be. And I admire her courage and what she did to protect her family, her children, everyone. She did what was right to do (duty!) and what was in her power to do. And the point in which she dies was one of the most creepy, horrific and yet best-written lines I ever read.
Molly Weasley, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I know that mentioning Mrs. Weasley is cheating: who wouldn’t love her? But she is lovely, strong-willed, and ultimately a great mother. She isn’t even that severe or annoying, in the end. What I love the most about her is the fact that she goes through a lot, but find courage to go on and be herself anyway. She never stops to be caring and gentle even in the darkest times. She never refuses her hospitality and care even with the meager income her family lives on. She loves everyone of her chidlren dearly and for what they are. She gives me a warm sensetion here, in the chest. And I think that she is amazing, period.
Clara, The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Clara maybe be the least-loved out of this list. I wanted to include her, howwver, because she is a free spirit, a creature that seem to pop up from another dimension. A spiritist who married a man who soon became rich and more interested in his money than anything else, Clara is quiet and gentle and yet her world is full of colours and images. She let herself be loved and sometimes forget to show the love back, many times it seems she’s too busy doing things to show her affection, but she has a gentle heart and is very sensitive. Unfortunately, she also is passive most of the time (at least, from my point of view) especially concerning her husband who is an idiot even if it should be remembered that there is one point in the story in which she rebels against Esteban in some way and he slaps her. That is also the moment he loose her, her mind, his place in her life, forever and honestly? I rejoyced, yes.
Ava’s grandmother, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
I continue saying that I should re-read this book and for a reason. Ava’s grandmother is probably the character I like the most in the book, because of her spirit: she never surrenders. Not when her father dies, not when her brothers and sisters dies. Not when her husband dies and she’s left alone with a little baby and she opens a bakery, aided by a native woman. Oh, no. She never surrenders and keeps going until things get better. Even with the ghost of her loved ones around the corners
The Other Mother, Coraline by Neil Gaiman
“What’s this awful creature doing in this list?!” will you ask, disgusted. Well, the point is I wanted to mention this monster because she happens to be one of my favourite villains and she also sets in motion the whole story. A story that exist only because she does. And Coraline’s story tells more than the adventure of a kid who has to save her parents. She is a child whose mother and father are too busy to look after and sometimes it doesn’t even seem they understand her. So here it comes, this Other Mother, who is somewhat like an inner demon: “I’ll love you, if you’ll love me”. The same inner black demon that hunts everyone of us, that wants us to love him and take care of him, who thrives in our fears and will leave us emptied. The story of Coraline is a story of courage lost and found, the courage of doing what’s right for us. The story of how we can save ourselves. I don’t like this figure of mother because of what she represents, but because her existance allowed a little girl (the one inside everyone of us) to learn how to be brave. I love the fact that you can fuck this monster up and send it back to the hell it came from. And yes, you’re allowed to think I’m crazy