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Who are the most famous moms of literature?

May 6, 2009

For Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fun to write about some of the most famous moms in literature. But when I started to write, I found myself struggling to come up with influential moms. I have to admit that the first fictional mom that came to mind was Norman Bates’ mother–and that was because of the movie, not the book. Next, was Cinderella’s step-mom, Mrs. Bennet from Pride & Prejudice and Hamlet’s mother Gertrude (I wonder what my mom would say about my stream of thought!). Then, I started retrieving more positive memories: Momma Berenstain from the Berenstain Bears series, Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series, Marmee from Little Women, and Ma from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.

Who are your favorite (for better or for worse) moms of literature? (Extra credit goes to those with Hoosier ties!)