Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Role of Indifference - Emily's Mother

Emily’s mother is present in her life but not engaged. The relationship that Emily has with her mother is one of reverence and admiration, but not affection. Emily admires her and is intrigued by her but she cannot approach her. In Pages in the Wind, after a stay with her grandma, Emily watches her mother and ponders her with obvious admiration:

Emily gazed at her mother, Claire, from behind the tapestry curtains, thinking of how she would tell her mother that she wanted to stay with grandma. She fixed her eyes on her mother, as each time that she was away from her it was like seeing her for the first time. Looking at her mother, she was mesmerized by her beauty. She looked more like a movie star than a mother. Emily watched her mother talk to her grandma, and the way she listened attentively and nodded with agreement. Her mother had a way of listening and only talking when she had something to say which seemed to draw people to her. Her outer beauty was unmistakable. She had big blue eyes, smooth and flawless skin set off by dark chestnut brown hair. Her features were well defined and contoured, and her lips were full and red. She often felt lost in her mother’s beauty, choosing to sit out of reach so she could study her closely and try to emulate her. If only she could be like her mother, Emily thought, she would be loved and not live in the shame of her own ugliness.

Young Emily cannot grasp that her mother is emotionally detached. She sees her mother as regal, and her intense physical beauty charms Emily but makes her feel unapproachable. The physical and mental abuse inflicted by her father has already made her feel inferior and ugly. Her mothers’ cold nature serves only to reinforce this reflection of her. The absence of affection from her mother coupled with the worship of her mother’s outward beauty will play a key role in young Emily’s development.

8 comments:

  1. I have been following yoru blog and find it so intriguing. I feel for Emily having a mother like that and it is my feeling that she will lead to some serious problems for Emily. I love Emily so much and want her to be ok! Can't wait to read more!!!!

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  2. Emily should live with her grandmother but that will not happen I'm sure!!! I think that if a child is n a bad home, they should be removed. Your writing is beautiful and it is bringing a voice to abuse of children. Great work of art.

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  3. Love the new post, the plot is so good and you have me wondering what will happen. You are very creative and I look forward to the book, which is when, btw?

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  4. Hey Sally, another great post about what shapes Emily. Your description of Emily's view of her mother reminded me of an interview I heard once. Eleanor Roosevelt said something along the same thing about how she perceived her mother. (Which I'm sure isn't where you got the idea, but I just rewatched a documentary on FDR and heard the interview again. It's fresh in my mind.) I can't wait for you to get this published. I'll be one of the first pre-orders.

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  5. You are a really wonderful writer and your story is fantastic. I want to read the whole book, your characters are so interesting.

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  6. I love the way you've tied the cold mother in with the way Emily feels bout herself. Your blog is a favorite among us, and we anticipate the book.

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  7. You are so able to capture the hearts of the people in your book. I am always thrilled to see a new post. VERY brilliant writing and interesting!

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  8. Your post remins me so much of my own relationship with my mother. Mothers and father can sure mess with a childs mind and your doing a fantastic way of seeing what it is like in the eyes of a young person. Best blog I've read and Im definitely a follower.

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