-By Emma Bilsborough, Retail Team Leader
As we approach mother's day, and start remembering how important our mothers are and how much we should shower them with praise, we thought it'd be a nice idea to think about some notable mothers in literature.
Molly Weasley, the Harry Potter series (J K Rowling)
“[Harry’s]’s not your son,” said Sirius quietly.
“He’s as good as,” said Mrs. Weasley fiercely.
Naturally, we had to begin with the mother of all mothers - Molly Weasley. Mother of seven biological children and one honorary child, Mrs Weasley's mothering knows no bounds. She is affectionate and wise and also, she killed Bellatrix Lestrange as quickly as we could say Expelliarmus. She also managed to carry on being a wonderful mother during a war, the estrangement of one son, and the loss of another. We are definitely members of the Molly Weasley fan club.
Mrs Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
"Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves."
"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least."
Mrs Bennet does a wonderful job of making us laugh, despite actually being rather materialistic and shallow. She wants what she believes is best for her daughters, which is to be married off to respectable and rich young men. Her relationship with our heroine, Elizabeth, is tumultuous, but settles when Elizabeth gets her happily ever after with Mr Darcy. Despite Mrs Bennet's stranger personality traits, she is a loving and caring mother.
Madame Thénardier, Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
"Ah! by the way, you don't forget that I'm going to turn Cosette out of doors to-day? The monster! She breaks my heart with that doll of hers! I'd rather marry Louis XVIII. than keep her another day in the house!"
We said notable mothers, not good ones, right? Madame Thénardier is the mother of five children, including lovely Eponine and Gavroche. However, she only really loves her daughters. Her two youngest sons are a different matter, and she shows them no affection, even selling them at one point. Come on, Madame Thénardier, how could you not love Gavroche?! She also takes on the care of Cosette, Fantine's daughter, who she is just as terrible to. She is a conwoman, a terrible mother, and a pretty terrible person.
Ma, Room (Emma Donoghue)
"I’m your mother...that means sometimes I have to choose for the both of us."
Firstly, if you haven't read Room, please go ahead and do so immediately. It is a wonderful story built entirely on a Mother's love for her son. Ma, who we see through her son Jack's eyes, is a complex and wonderful character. Locked in a tiny room for years, we as readers are able to see Ma's pain through the story that Jack tells us. However, despite her intense struggles, she is still a caring and kind mother, constantly sacrificing her own health and safety for that of her child. Even in their bizarre circumstances, she still provides Jack with routine, does her best to treat him as a normal child.
Daenerys Targaryen, A Song of Ice and Fire (George R R Martin)
“I am the blood of the dragon. I must be strong. I must have fire in my eyes when I face them, not tears.”
We couldn't leave the Mother of Dragons off of this list now, could we? Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, and so on and so on, gives up the option to have a child in order to protect her husband, and is rewarded with three baby dragons. She raises these dragons as her own, fiercely protects them, and loves them as only a mother could. Her dragons, in return, protect her, fight for her and respect her.
We're sure that raising children is just like raising Dragons, sometimes, so be sure to tell your mum, or whoever your mother figure is, how much you appreciate them this mother's day. You could even treat them to a cream tea here at the Bookbarn, if you're feeling generous.