Interpretation of "The Mother"
by Gwendolyn Brooks
In the American Society each individual has an opinion on the topic of abortion, whether it be pro-life or pro-choice. People often wonder what goes through the minds of women who have these abortions. The question comes up "How could they do that to themselves and the unborn baby?" This question is often asked without looking at what the mother may be feeling. Most often the mother is not satisfied with her decision to aboard the baby. The poem "The Mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks touches on the theme, abortions do not make a person not a mother, it is whether there is remembrance of the unborn children and most importantly love for the unborn children. The mother in this poem realizes that what she did was wrong and she talks with theses unborn children to help them to realize that what she did was wrong and does not mean that she did not love them. "The Mother" speaks for women who have aborted their children in expressing their guilt, love, and goals for their unborn ch!
The mother that speaks in the poem feels guilt for aborting her children. She starts her poem with saying, "Abortions will not let you forget." This line gives the tone for the poem by letting the readers be able to identify that this is someting that she has to deal with for the rest of her life. She knows that this will be a burden that will forever stay with her. The author reveals that the remembrance of her children is an everyday thing for her. She says, “I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.” At her least expected moment the memories creep upon her and make her remember the children that she did not give birth to. The wind may the imagery the author uses to symbolize a chill that the mother feels when she remembers her unborn children. The people who have been placed in the same situation as her can only truly understand the guilt that the mot...