“My Mother and her Sister” is a short story written by Jane Rogers in 1996. The short story takes place at the narrator’s house which is where the reader is introduced to Lucy.
She has been staying with narrator since her mother died. In the short story we meet a first person narrator and as the reader follows the main character, her thoughts, memories and knowledge: “I haven’t cried at all, I don’t know why“ (p. 2, l. 24).
The setting is gloomy: “It’s rained since Lucy came. My house is terribly quiet” (p. 2, l. 27). The weather could be a symbol of their relationship and the silence a symbol of their personalities when they are in each others' presence. Their relationship is very tense, ...view middle of the document...
The important thing in this text is the reactions of the narrator and her aunt. The short story reveals how the narrator has changed her view on her mother. When she was younger she used to love craziness and the unstructured live they lived. However, the older she got the more she missed seeing her mother Dorothy, because they always used to stay at their aunts house at Holidays. This has a lot to do with how her mother used to refer to Lucy. The narrator just went along back then, and believed in everything her mother said about Lucy. It was only when she became an adult that she realized
that her mother said all of this, because she was jealous of her sister.
The title shows that the author focuses on the relations between the two sisters and the impact it has on Dorothy’s daughter. Their lives are completely different: a traditional mother vs. a mother who lives an unstructured and hectic life. Dorothy searched after freedom in all aspects of life for both herself and her children. Searching for happiness and love = going out with many men without any success. Her only success is her boy and her girl. Lucy sees Dorothy in the following way: “She was a optimist. She kept looking forward. Thinking she would find happiness, Love, Something like that, With all her boyfriends” (p. 4, l. 94). Lucy is very different she does not believe in love anymore let alone love at first sight that lasts. She does not believe in expressions like happiness
and freedom. Her belief in love has faded away in one of the many years of her marriage. She probably dreamt about it, but her everyday life ended up being very structured, quiet and ordinary.
Lucy has had one experience that puts her attitude into perspective. However, this is merely a half...