Please Look After Mom Themes

Shin Kyung-sook
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Motherhood and Self-Sacrifice

On a fundamental level, the novel's primary thematic focus is on the question of what it means to be a mother. Even though most of the central characters (and three of the narrators) are not themselves mothers, their experiences, and their reflections on those experiences, are for the most part defined by what they believe a mother's responsibility is. Those beliefs are, in turn, defined by the attitudes and beliefs of the mother figure in their lives, HER beliefs in turn defined by the beliefs of her mother.

In any case, the perspectives of Mom's family on who she is and what her function in the family is are defined primarily by the concept of self-sacrifice - specifically, the idea that a mother's duty is to put the lives and well being of her children (and, almost incidentally, her husband) before her own. No matter what...

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