With today being mother’s day, in today’s post I am going to discuss seven of my favourite mothers in fiction. Why seven you ask? That’s because seven is my favourite number (and that’s also how many happened to be on my initial list).
So in no particular order, here are seven of my favourite mothers in fiction:
1. Catelyn Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin)- I am a new fan of GoT and I admit that I have not read the actual books yet. However when I began making this brief list of some of my favourite mothers in fiction there was no way that Catelyn Stark could not be on such a list.
Catelyn is the matriarch of the sStark family of Winterfell. She is strong and fiercely protective of her children, even Jon Snow whether she admits it to herself or not.
When Bran fell/was pushed from the tower, she sat by his side day and night as any mother would. A woman of great faith she prays to the Gods to protect and watch over her children, she would kill for them and she would die for them.
Catelyn Stark is a force to be reckoned with and if you’re smart you’ll never do wrong by her children as long as she is around.
2. Marmee (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)- Marmee is another woman of great strength. She is mother and father to her girls while her husband is away fighting in the civil war.
Marmee loves and cares for her daughters when they are sick or hurt and stands up for them against horrible teachers.
She is warm and compassionate, caring not only for her own family but also for others who are less fortunate and in difficult times.
She guides her daughters on the unsteady road from being children to becoming young ladies and she loves each of her girls for who they are, even Josephine and her tomboy ways.
A woman of strength, compassion and love she is definitely one of my most favourite fictional mothers.
3. Caroline Ingalls (Little House Series by Laura Ingalls-Wilder)- raising three young girls (and later more children) would not be an easy task in today’s world, let alone in the time of Caroline Ingalls.
Once a school teacher, Caroline Ingalls is a loving and compassionate woman who aims to raise her girls with good values, a good education and a sense of compassion for those less fortunate. She, like all mothers at some point, has perhaps made some mistakes, but her love for her children, whether biological children or not, is strong and unwavering.
4. Miss Honey (Matilda by Roald Dahl)- Now I know that Miss Honey is not actually a biological mother, but there is no doubting her mothering qualities and the way she cares for Matilda. Miss Honey is kind-hearted, nurturing and warm. Her love for Matilda goes beyond that of teacher and student, she sees herself in Matilda and her struggle with a family that doesn’t understand or support her. In a way she is a mother figure to all of her students as she shows each of them love and kindness and nurturing them not only through their learning but also emotionally. In the end though, Matilda does end up living with Miss Honey and they both get their happily ever after like mother and daughter.
5. Grandma (The Witches by Roald Dahl)- Grandmothers are mothers too and when considering this I couldn’t write this post without mentioning Grandma in Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Another woman of strength, she fights and cares for her grandson, even after he is a mouse. Devising plans and fighting witches, this woman is not to be messed with. She seems like a kind, gentle elderly grandmother but don’t be mistaking her for vulnerable or weak because she is anything but!
6. Molly Weasley (Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling)- No list of great mothers in fiction would be complete without mentioning Molly Weasley. Strong, compassionate, protective and she has a wand and knows how to use it! Whether she knitting jumpers for Ron, making a scarf for Harry, who’s like her son or fighting off death eaters, Molly Weasley is one of those great mothers in fiction, one that you strive to be like, minus the wand.
7. Kanga (Winnie the Pooh by E.B White)- The last mother in fiction I’d like to mention today is Kanga from Winnie the Pooh. I know she’s not a human mother, but she’s a mother all the same, not only to her baby, Roo, but to all the characters living in the Hundred Acre Wood. Kanga is kind, warm and caring and knows how to build a person’s self-esteem and make them feel good about themself. She knows just what to say when you’re feeling down and when words aren’t quite what’s needed, she’s there with a hug.
So there you have it, seven of my favourite mothers in fiction. This is not a definitive list and there are hundreds of great fictional mothers in literature that haven’t been mentioned today. Let me know in the comments or on twitter or Facebook who would be on your list.
Remember, being a mother is not simply giving birth to a child and bring them into the world, it’s so much more than that. Some of the best mothers may not have ever given birth to a child, but that doesn’t make them any less of a mother.
So happy mother’s day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, mother-figures and also to the dads doing the job if both mother and father! You’re all important in the life of a child and are celebrated on this day.
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