Summary of the Mother by Grace Paley
Their love and care is endless. Like it is said the story, most don’t take much of their mothers’ advice, but later they realize how important they were.
The story is divided into two parts: in the first part “Then she died” (Paley, 2006, 104), the child talks about how much she longs to see her mother at different places of the house, in many different doorways, and in many other rooms. In the second part, she recognizes that the requests of her mother are not fulfilled both by herself and by her father. With this recognition, the story ends with the repetition of the phrase “Then she died” (104). Drawing upon the lexical, grammatical, and figurative effects in the story, the aim of this paper is to depict, through the analysis of discourse situation, point of view, average sentence length, lexis, grammar, figures of speech, and speech presentation, how the specific use of language unravels the mother’s worries about her child, distance in the family, sense of missing the mother, all of which contribute to the theme of lack of communication among family members.
She may have not only lost her mother but she might have also lost someone who never judged her.
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