First off, a belated Happy Mother’s Day to the moms. I hope you all enjoyed the special day this past Sunday. The pic of the roses here are the ones I bought for my mom. Onto TTT…
This week’s TTT topic is: Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.
When I see moms in books, I tend to be able to relate to them. And when I see wicked moms in books, I think “Shame on her!” lol. My list is a mix of literary mothers who really stood out.
Top 10 Unforgettable Moms in Literature
1. Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter Series
If I had to pick one single favorite mom in all of literature, it would be Molly Weasley. She’s such a great literary mom, she even treats Harry Potter like he’s her own child. She takes care of everyone, she runs a household and also kicks butt. I loved it in she last book where she fought bravely and protected her family. Love her! Plus, she knits!
2. I have to mention Lily Potter from the HP series too
The love that Lily Potter has for her son Harry is what saves his life and protects him. She continues to help him throughout his life even after her death. She appears to him when he needs her the most.
3. Ma from Room by Emma Donoghue
I haven’t read Room, but I watched the film with my daughter and it was an emotional one. What Ma endures for her son Jack is unthinkable and her strength was unfailing. She puts Jack’s welfare ahead of her own.
4. Wendy Torrance from The Shining by Stephen King
Wendy is a flawed character in The Shining. She knows her husband Jack is abusive but she isn’t mentally strong enough to leave him at the start of the story. Then when she is stranded with Jack and their son Danny at the Overlook hotel, it occurs to her that she is in a life and death situation and she does everything in her power to protect Danny. She was weak at first then she becomes strong for her son.
I both read and watched the movie Beloved. This is a powerful story about a mother who would rather that her children be dead than be sold into slavery. It is really an emotional story and Sethe is an unforgettable mother who does the unthinkable.
6. Marmee from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Marmee is a quiet but strong force behind the March family. She devotes herself to raising her daughters and tries to keep things running smoothly while her husband is away at war. Her family is the center of her life.
The Awakening is one of my favorite classics, I have read it a few times. It is just such a beautifully told story about a woman who realizes she isn’t living the life she wants. Edna is not like the moms on my list so far, she’s not thinking of her children any longer. This story makes for a great discussion. Have you read it?
8. Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
How annoying is Mrs. Bennet? I get that she’s trying to marry her daughters off to men who can support them but she needs a chill pill.
9. Allie Calhoun’s mom in The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
I’ve watched and re-watched The Notebook the movie many times with my daughter, it is one of our favorites. The novel was good as well, but the movie is better. What Allie’s mom did that I always find unbelievable is that she hides a years worth of Noah’s love letters to Allie. Eventually, she gives them back to Allie but wow, like years later.
10. Donna Trenton from Cujo by Stephen King
Donna is an unlikeable character, she’s having an affair, but at the end of the day she’s a good mom to her son Tad. She does everything she can to save his life. This is not my favorite King and I didn’t like that he made a dog the villain in the story but I found it highly readable and unforgettable nonetheless.
That concludes my list of unforgettable literary moms. What are some of yours?
Enjoy your week!