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Somebodys Mother Poem Analysis Essays

...Analysis and interpretation of “The Mother of the Child in Question” [pic] doris lessing Characterization of the housing estate: tower blocks, cement everywhere, litter lying around, the lift smells of urine and vomit (p.152) grim, drab, dreary, desolate, depressing, ugly. The characters Stephen Bentley, social worker Hassan, aged 12, well-dressed and well-mannered, his English is fluent (153:14) Mrs Khan, plump and pretty, dressed in a Pakistani outfit of pink silk. Speaks English but not very well (p.153:6) Mr Khan is not present although Stephen had spoken to him on the phone the day before and confirmed the visit. Shireen, aged 10, dressed in blue silk, pretty like a kitten, has private fantasies and internal merriment. A report says that ‘the child in question would possibly benefit to a limited extent from special tuition’ (153:19). The last visit by a social worker 9 months ago the last social worker wrote, ‘Father did not keep appointment. His presence essential’ (152:29). It is essential that the male head of the family is present, since he is responsible for all decisions. How does Mrs Khan try to pretend that Shireen is normal? Mrs Khan addresses Shireen in English and then in Urdu, but the girl responds to neither (153:5). Mrs Khan tries to smile at Shireen to calm her down (153:25). Mrs Khan takes up a picture book for a 3-year-old and holds it in...

Somebody's Mother Analysis Essay

1037 WordsApr 6th, 20135 Pages

Somebody’s Mother Analysis

Somebody’s Mother, by: Mary Dow Brine, is basically about somebody’s mother. The title of this poem implies that you will probably be reading about a mother and what she does. When you think of a mother, you think of a woman maybe in her thirties with kids who are around age five through nine, and possibly not afraid of anything you throw at her. That’s what is expected of a mother right?
The first two lines of this poem imply the physical features of the mother. She is bent with the chill of winter’s day, meaning that she is probably frail. Then we find out her feet are aged and slow, telling us again she’s old and frail. We also find out that she’s alone. She is standing near a crossing and waiting to…show more content…

Finally, when the boy comes to help the woman across the street, he symbolizes the help we have in our life. We have bad days, but we get through them based on support and guidance. Even if we are having a bad year, our family, friends and colleagues get us through it. That is what this poem is mainly about, the influence that others have on us to give us a little push and a helping hand. The attitude of this poem is sorrowful, joyful, and inspiring. At first, the poem sounds a bit depressing, but when school gets out, you get a little more hopeful. When the boy comes to help the old woman, he is described as “the gayest laddie of all the group”. When you read that particular line you instantly know this boy is bubbly and full of joy. Then when the boy helps the woman across the street, you know he is a man of a helpful sort and would do anything to help if someone was in need. This poem starts sad, but then it completely shifts to a joyful and helpful point of view. You read about an old woman at a cross walk unable to cross the street, and how her physical features are very old. But then, some boys come out of school and you start to get interested. Then u see that one of the boys is the bubbliest one of his troop and you want to know how he fits in with the poem. The poem just shifted from helpless and sad, to hopeful and thankful. Then, the boy reaches out to the woman and wants to help her across the street and

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