Great Literary Mothers

In comemoration to Mother’s Day (in the UK), I thought i’d take a look back at some of the amazing mothers that i’ve come across in many of the books that i’ve read.

Firstly, there is the mother from ‘Coraline‘ by Neil Gaiman. Before there are any misconceptions, I definitely do not mean ‘The Other Mother’, she is not a good example of a kind and caring mother. I actually mean Coraline’s real mother; throughout the book Coraline sees her mother as dismissive and dull, but soon both us and Coraline come to realise that her mother is actually just trying to do what is right for her daughter.

Another misunderstood mother comes from one of my all-time favourite books, ‘The Book Thief‘ by Markus Zusak. This haunting book offers a look into life during the war. The mother of the story is Rosa Hubermann; she is the adoptive mother of nine-year old Liesel during the World War II. Throughout the story Rosa maintains an air of aggression and annoyance towards both the world and Liesel, but its the occasional moments when Rosa comes to Liesel’s defence that show the true caring nature for the sudden mother.

Finally there is one of the most well-known mother’s to the literary world, Lily Potter from the ‘Harry Potter‘ series by J.K.Rowling. Now most people know the story, but for those who don’t – Lily James is the mother of the boy-who-live ‘Harry Potter’, she sacrificed herself to the dark wizard Lord Voldemort. Despite being fictitious, you can’t get a more powerful love than that.


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