My favorite mothers in literature

In honor of Mother's Day, I've decided to share my five favorite mother characters in literature. I love them all. Like all mothers, they are special in their one particular way.

Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice: I like that she's constantly on the lookout for her daughters' happiness even though she sometimes doesn't know what she's doing. She always sticks up for them no matter what! She's a woman with many faults but her heart is in the right place. Her purpose in life is the welfare of her daughters. At that time, it was to get them married at all costs!

Marmee from Little Women: She is the rock of the family and the guiding light for her daughters. Without her, they'd be lost. I like the example she gives the girls. Her husband is away at war, but she keeps it together and works hard. She knows life goes on and is happy.

Ma from Little House on the Prairie: Like Marmee, she's strong and doesn't let problems cast her down. You absolutely need to be that way if you're going to make it as a frontier woman.

Marilla from Anne of Green Gables: Although she comes across as stern and steely, she is a good mother because she gives the structure that Anne needs. Anne flourishes under Marilla's love, a love and warmth that not even Marilla knew she had. They both transform each other into better persons.

So-nyo from Please, Look after Mom: So-nyo represents the selfless love that mothers have toward their children. She bears everything, good and bad, with poise, determination, and disregard of herself. So-nyo's story forces us to face the difficult questions about our own relationships, not just with our mothers but with all those people who claim a piece of our hearts.

If you haven't read any of these brilliant novels, I encourage you to do so. They are all wonderfully written and they will change your life. They did for me.