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Borisov Marina 307096248 Dr. Narkiss Doron 30.07.03 I will try to show that Fenstad's mother is going through a change during this story. At first she is described as a strong independent woman very active social in control of things. She is not accepting things as they are she tries to change the things that seem wrong to her. However, gradually we are starting to see her as an old woman who hates her age. A woman, who has a hard time excepting her age and all the downsides of it, a woman whose physical condition is parallel to her mental and emotional state, who needs help doing things which young people do without any effort. It seems that during the story Fenstad and his mother change places. Once he was dependent on her and now gradually we see that she is more and more dependent of her son. Fenstad's mother is gradually going through the process of accepting her age and the changes she is going trough consequently. It is difficult for her at first however eventually she stops being preoccupied with the past and what she once was. She comes to terms with her life and learns to appreciate and enjoy the little (simple) pleasures of life, like music. The name of this fiction story is Fenstad's Mother, the word mother is written with a capital letter which sometimes can mean a woman in charge of some community. ...read more.


However she is afraid to be noticed, afraid that people would think that she is too old ""they'll notice me" she said squinting, "I am too old"" However, even thou she is troubled by her age and people noticing her she is preparing herself for this as if it was some kind of an important social event or some kind of a party. She puts on her best clothes and even perfume which is unusual for her "...dressed in a dark blue overcoat - her best." (p.117)." Inside the car Fenstad noticed that she had put on perfume, unusual for her."(p.117). Fenstad's mother asks about the people he teaches ""Who's in this group of students" she asked "Working-class people. I hope...""(p.117) and after he answers ""Oh, they work, all right"" (p.117), she gets upset, sad, as if she feels bad that she isn't anymore "He looked at his mother and saw...a combination of sadness and delicacy in her face. Her usual mask of tough optimism seemed to be deserting her." (p.117). Fenstad tells her about one particularly bright student and she immediately says that she wants to meet him. But it makes her feel uncomfortable with herself, for her it is another reminder of her age, of her not being now what she once was and the people she once was friends with and admired. ...read more.


Now she just wants to see her children happy. ""I wanted to see you two," she told him. "I thought you'd look happy and you did. I like to watch happiness. I always have.""(p.124). She wanted to see him happy so badly that she was willing to sit quietly at the dark in the cold park, far away and look at him. When her son asked, ""How can you see us? We're so far away"" (p.124), she answered "That's how I saw you" (p.124). It seems that she was afraid that if she would come nearer she would disturb him; she wouldn't be able to see his happiness. After that evening she got sick she was home and her son and friend from class visited her. Now it seemed as if she really came to terms with her life. And was not trying anymore to make changes, be in control all the time or influence anybody. She is learning to enjoy the simple things in life that she never knew before, "York is explaining to me about Art Tatum and jazz", "I never heard enough jazz" (p.125) and found a new way to expend her horizons. Another important change she is going through understands her own unique problem and accepting that there is such thing as unique problems. "This is my unique problem, Harry." (p. 125). Clara went through many changes during this short period but the fact that she succeeded to aghast herself to this changes and found pees shows that she is nevertheless these changes still is a strong person. 2 ...read more.

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