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Compare and contrast the mother-daughter relationship in 'A Taste Of Honey' by Shelagh Delaney and 'A Mother's Fondness' by Marion Rachel Stewart.

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Title: Compare and contrast the mother-daughter relationship in 'A Taste Of Honey' by Shelagh Delaney and 'A Mother's Fondness' by Marion Rachel Stewart. No relationship is quite as primal as the one between a mother and her daughter. Mother-daughter relationships in general are characterised by a unique bond; formed and developed from conception. As a young child your mother is an angel. You cover your face with her lipstick and model her high heels wanting to be just like her. This continues to be the case until you're about thirteen-experiencing all sorts of changes in your life. Suddenly you feel your mother becomes ignorant of your feelings, abrasive and protective of you. For the next 5 years or so you're prime form of communication will be through the word " Moooooommmmmmm!" Then, during your twenties/thirties 'Mommy' becomes a daughter's best friend again. However, this is not always the case and though many mother-daughter relationships are the similar, they all differ in some way. I will be analysing 'A Taste of Honey' and 'A Mother's Fondness' in order to determine these similar and contrasting aspects. 'A Mother's Fondness' by Marion Rachel Stewart is a contemporary short story involving a mother and her daughter, Cathie. The issues in their relationship are highlighted when Cathie makes her way home much later than her mother expected. The text is divided into two sections: 'The Mother' and 'The Daughter'. ...read more.

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Prior to the above quote, Helen implied that she expected her daughter to tell her everything about herself - she has a right to know. "I thought you said you weren't good at anything" Here, we see that Helen has just taken Jo's word for the matter; she has simply accepted it and not bothered to know otherwise. The fact that some daughters are able to talk to their mothers about boyfriends/relationships shows the closer friendship a mother and daughter can share. Helen didn't know whether or not Jo ad a boyfriend, and this mirrors the lack of confidence Jo has in Helen as a Mother, let alone a friend. Helen doesn't seem to possess 'A Mother's Fondness' - the built-in, unconditional, love and interest a Mother has in the welfare of their child. On the other hand, Cathie's mother feels that she knows her child all too well. She is confident that her daughter wouldn't understand her if she showed she was angry: " I knew that she would not see my anger, as love for her" The Mother's maternal instincts lead her to believe something was not right when her daughter didn't arrive home on time. This shows that Cathie is respectful of her Mother's wishes to be home on time. Her mother is familiar with her character and feels she knows her. ...read more.

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She wants to hear someone does actually care for her. Her desperation and longing for love is made evident in her dramatic actions. Jo is aware that the concept of actions speaking louder than words is never going to be a reality for her. Therefore she resorts to grabbing any ounce of 'love' Helen had to offer her - even it was mere words. This attention seeking is to be expected from Jo, as Helen never really gave Jo a mother's love. We can be certain that a lack of communication is common within each relationship. We've seen how Cathie's mother found it difficult to express her upset to her daughter and visa versa. We also know that the effects of this were negative: Cathie felt that her mother didn't care for her, and her mother felt that Cathie hated her. The two of them are alike in that they pretend that everything is ok between them when there are clearly important issues to be tackled and discussed. It is important that each mother and daughter feel they can talk to each other on a mature and serious level. At times, we see Jo making attempts to do so. However, Helen does not respond to this very well and is constantly changing the subject showing her inability to listen to her daughter. Drama - Comparative Study post 1900 Coursework Philippa June Clark 10N ...read more.

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