Mother And Son Poem Analysis

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Mothers are always going to be caring for their children no matter what they go though. These poems show the morals that the mothers try to pass on to their sons to succeed in life. Both of them are pretty strict and straight forward with their words but try to be kind in a way that their sons would understand what they went through. In the poems, “My Mother” by Robert Mezey and “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughs, there is a direct correlation between the relationship of mother and son, the mother’s ethnicity and personality with the morals they instill on their sons. In the poem, “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughs, the relationship that the mother and son had was pretty close. You can tell this by the terms of endearment that she uses towards …show more content…
When I say “mother and son” I mean very authoritative and you can tell this by the way she talks to her son. “Honey, you think you know all the answers, you don’t” or “I know what you want better than you.” These terms make the mother seem as if she’s higher than her son and she knows what he actually wants and also makes her sound strict. But under all that seriousness she can be ver compassionate with her son, “Please try to put some money away.” She really cares for her son and wants him to save money for …show more content…
Because she’s black living in the south during the time of segregation, she went through hardship. Because of this she’s able to give her son advice on not giving up, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” We can also see her struggle through Hughs use of repetition of this phrase. The mother from Robert Mezey’s poem is Jewish, you can tell this by the way she keeps implying her son to save money and there’s a stereotype that Jewish always have money. she’s worried that her son won’t have any. “Be a mensh and Mary too,” mesh is a Yidish word meaning “a person of integrity,” also to earn money and pay bills. Mom is preaching to son to save money and we can see the importance of this through Mezey’s use literation. This contributes to the advice the mother is giving her son. She’s nagging her son to save money. In literation there’s a constant repeating of the first letter in a word. Both of the mothers from both poems seem to have a strong personality. In Langston Hughs’ poem, the mother’s life has been tough on her but she doesn 't give up. Since she’s a strong woman, she teaches her son how to be strong and not give up. She also seems very persistent in a way that life wasn 't handed to her but despite that she keeps fighting for what she wants. This is made through the tone of the poem which is earnest and heavy because of her seriousness and the hardships that she went

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