She may have been emaciated herself as she was proud to have her son, but is in dismay, as she could not protect him from the harshness of the world. Whether for better or worse, children look at their parents for guidance, and try to determine the right way to lead their own lives. The poet state that none of the reputed depictions of tenderness could even come near the fragility and beauty of this scene of pathos and heartbreak. Immediately, you understand that the mothers love for her son is infinite, interminable and imperishable. Throughout the poem there is a connotation of death.
It was written during the Nigerian Civil War, an unfortunate aftermath of the colonialism that had influenced the area. This proves how this certain love is rare and shows the contrast of lives between the less fortunate and over privileged citizens in our world. A significant part of the strength of this poem is the realization of how real it is. Achebe uses this contrast to show, distinction between the refugee mother and Madonna, but it immediately hints on the destiny of characters in the story. In the first stanza, Achebe successfully portrays the religious allusion of Virgin Mary and her heavenly son, Jesus as a comparison to the refugee mother and child.
His mother was born in a refugee camp. The poet examines one case where a mother did care and continued to treat her child as if he would live. Death is but a short way off. From this unhealthy diet the combination of acids and gases blow out the stomach of the children. This allows the reader to imagine a smelly and filthy place crammed with ill people. Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms.
It is written by Chinua Achebe, who is a novelist, professor, poet and a critic. She was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 2007. Any line reproduced from the article has to be appropriately documented by the reader. In lines 13 to 16, Achebe introduced the possibility that the mother and child were probably quite well off before they were in this situation. Her affection for him is boundless and divine. No Madonna and Child could touch Her tenderness for a son She soon would have to forget.
Achebe's novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of values during and after the colonial. Motherly Love: The main theme if this poem is motherly love. By skillfully contrasting the imagery of life and death, showing irony of singing in the mother's eyes, and cleverly foreshadowing, Achebe effectively helps to direct the readers towards the eventual death of the mother's child in the poem. As a result of their sub-human treatment they are handled as if they were animals that are not up to the capacity of human intelligence; managed as possessions that know no freedom. The two situations do not even compare to the depth of love and tenderness of the Refugee Mother and Child.
With this image achebe tries to bring out the state of the refugees. There is a remnant of a smile gracing her lips and she remembers her son in all his glory as she holds him for the last time. Stanza 2 The continuation of the aforementioned line fills in the setting of them poem incredibly well. A statue of the Madonna holding the Baby Jesus is regular in the Catholic Church. In their former life this was perhaps A little daily act of no consequence Before his breakfast and school; now she did it Like putting flowers on a tiny grave. The idea of the first stanza is that the tenderness that the character, the mother, expresses towards her child in the poem surpasses the ideal image of Mary and Jesus. Mrs Khan addresses Shireen in English and then in Urdu, but the girl responds to neither 153:5.
At the end of the first verse he put a period. No Madonna and Child could touch that picture of a mother's tenderness for a son she soon would have to forget. The skeleton-ed mother, how will she breastfeed the dying child? He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. The poem holds a very simple diction that created the ease of understanding. It is the very last loving touch of the mother. The agony which is stressed by the use of words such as diarrohoea and empty bellies can clearly be visualized.
Ghostly imagery is used here — the ghost of a smile, the ghost of her pride — to show that the mother is still heavily affected by the need to not care, but still fights through for her son. The rawness of the struggle to attain motherhood is depicted as the poet states: The air was heavy with odors of diarrhea of unwashed children with washed-out ribs and dried-up bottoms struggling in labored steps behind blown empty bellies. In another life this would have been a little daily act of no consequence before his breakfast and school; now she did it like putting flowers on a tiny grave. If this be the situation, how to take to in terms of holy spirit? This little act being one of the few things she can do for her son and one of the few ways she can express her love to him. Her happiness can't easily be seen, her smile is not shown in a physical appearance, it holds happiness that gives off its emotion in a feeling which can't quite be explained, but can be felt by others. It leads the children's bellies to blow up. The love she has towards her only son is depicted as an undying love.
English Commentary Refugee Mother and Child From the beginning of this poem the title to the end of the poem we can feel a sense of pain that the son undergoes as well as the pain and love a mother of a refugee also goes through. It brings to light the after-effects of war and illuminates the emotional bond between a mother and her child. The situation is full of despair and despondency. The air was so dense that it seemed it had a weight and was more than just gas. Until the very end when I realized he was comparing a poor woman who - in the spite of such disease and famine - still loved her dying starving children while other mothers had hardened their hearts to prepare for the blow of their children's deaths.
Here the poet implies that many mothers would have given up hope a long time ago and would have practically turned away as their child perished or after they had already passed away ,as a result of lost hope. The same mother is here under trouble and this very trouble is but a matter of existence and survival. Chinua then moves on from the mother and child to the standards of livings at a refugee camp. Both texts repeatedly show us what the hazards can be for not taking responsibility for children, or by falling to provide a suitable role model. Historical Context was born to the Igbo of southeastern Nigeria in 1930, putting him in Nigeria at the exact right time for British colonialism to begin dictating the lives of the Igbo in the form of the Royal Niger Company.