Today is Mother’s Day! It is a day to celebrate mothers. When I think of Mother’s Day, what automatically comes to mind are loving ones. However, I decided to do something a little different. Today, what if I mentioned ALL mothers- as in the unloving and loving ones? But, where exactly- the ones of literature and musicals?
When it comes to literature mothers, she is one of the first ones that comes to mind. She may have seven biological kids, but she acts like she has eight total. That is because how lovingly she takes Harry as her own. She worries about ALL her children- explaining why her biggest fear is the death of her children. She has unconditional love for her kids.
True, probably not as good a mother as Molly (but still has unconditional love for her son). If you compare Darco’s dad with with his mom, she is so much better. Explaining some of her actions- like afraid for her son’s safety in Half Blood Prince. Than during Deathly Hallows- she was most worried about him- as in not knowing if he was still alive or not.
Well, a literature/musical overlap mother. I adore Fantine for her unconditional love for Cosette- despite what it led to. Abandoned by Cosette’s biological father, Fantine was left to fend for Cosette by herself (Cosette was little very young). She had to leave her daughter in the hands of the Thenardiers (little did Fantine know how poorly they would treat Cosette). Soon enough, she found a job at Valjean’s factory (however, that led to major consequences)——only due to others finding out about her daughter.
So she had to go to the extreme——-becoming a prostitute. Leaving on the streets would lead her to becoming deathly ill, but at least Valjean soon was able to help. Even on her deathbed, she still was thinking about Cosette—-Valjean promised to her that he would raise Cosette (that gave Fantine peace and comfort for once).
What did I say? I was going to include the unloving moms. She treated Young Cosette as a servant, leading her to be a broken child (at least Cosette had strong hopes she would be rescued). Based on the book, Madame Thenardier didn’t even love for three sons (Gavroche and two younger unnamed ones). At first, she did love Eponine and Azelma—but when they were teenagers it didn’t seem that way. Only because their parents raised them horribly- they abused them and raised them to be criminals.
I almost forgot about her- the adoptive mother of Anne from “Anne of Green Gables”. The newest series I learned to love is “Anne with an E”, where I rediscovered the books. At first, Matthew and Marilla were disappointed that it wasn’t a boy, but soon enough learned to love Anne.
One of the newest moms I discovered in musical theatre. In 2019, I saw two musicals by the same composer/lyricist team—–saw Miss Saigon and Les Mis that year. So I had a feeling I would be at times an emotional wreck in Miss Saigion (knowing my Les Mis reaction). In some ways, Kim reminded me of Fantine. She kinda of had that unconditional love towards Tam.
All, I could think of——I still feel like there are some moms missing