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'Night, Mother Themes

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Themes

Alienation and Loneliness

Alienation and loneliness are important themes in 'night, Mother, Jessie has become totally isolated as a result of her epilepsy and her failed attempt at raising a family. Her mother hid the disease to protect Jessie, but in doing so, she also isolated the child from the world. She is so alone that the only way she can meet a man and marry is for her mother to hire him to so some construction work on the house. Jessie cannot work because of her disease and by the time her epilepsy is under control, she is too frightened and set in her ways to attempt life in the outside world. Jessie's decision to kill herself results from the isolation and loneliness of her life.

Free Will

Jessie's choice to kill herself is her attempt to take control of her life. In a small way she...

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