Parents play an important role in our lives.
They pick us up when we fall, cheer us on when we need encouragement, and the most dedicated of all subject themselves to cheesy pop concerts just to put a smile on their children’s faces. They’re the unsung heroes who put on silly voices to read bedtime stories for the hundredth time. You might not see eye-to-eye all the time, but they’re there for you, even when you have that ridiculous hair you know you’ll regret later.
Today is all about mothers (sorry dads), and to celebrate, I’ve picked five fierce literary ladies who also happen to make great mums!
Mrs. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice
Mr. Bennet might be the first person to come to mind when you think about parental figures in Pride & Prejudice, but Mrs. Bennet has a special place in my heart. You can practically feel her jittery nerves quivering on the page. She might not understand Elizabeth but she wants what’s best for her and the rest of her daughters.
Frances’s Mum, Radio Silence
Frances’s mum is the star of Radio Silence. When other adults within the novel are apathetic, she is understanding. She knows how to rock a unicorn onesie. Frances is under pressure to succeed in school, but her mother encourages her to have fun and be a teenager. She’s her Number One Fan. What grades her daughter gets and what university her daughter goes to aren’t important to her; she just wants her to be happy.
Ma is an inspiring character who endures seven years of captivity, and that’s largely due to her relationship with her son, Jack. Although Room is told from Jack’s perspective, Ma’s desire to protect Jack from the reality of their situation is evident and heart-breaking. He feels safe in a world that is far from it, because he has one hell of a mother.
Catelyn Stark, Game of Thrones
If Cersei Lannister is a lion, Catelyn Stark is a wolf. When it comes to her family she is as ferocious as they come. She puts herself in danger to protect the people she loves, fighting off an armed assassin with bare hands to save Bran. She would raze King’s Landing to the ground to protect her children. Because of their mother, the Stark children are loyal, honourable and strong.
Mrs. Weasley, Harry Potter Series
Mrs. Weasley is arguably the bravest woman on this list. How many witches or wizards could go up against Bellatrix Lestrange and survive? I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of her Howlers. When she’s not fighting Death Eaters, Molly Weasley knits her family fantastic jumpers. She gives Harry warmth and affection when his own family reject him. Did I mention she’s also a member of a secret magical organisation tasked with bringing down the most dangerous wizard in the world? Go Molly!