An Abortion in the Poem, The Mother by by Gwendolyn Brooks

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The poem “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks is about the aftereffects and feelings that come from an abortion. The woman in the poem shows remorse over the children she aborted earlier in her life and regrets that she gave up the chance to be a mother to them. This poem, while about a woman who chose to have abortions, still carries with it a clear pro-life message. The woman in the poem is clearly someone who feels guilt over the abortions she has had. She shows her regrets through describing what someone will never be able to do after having an abortion. In this she includes the bad things that mothers can do like, “You will never neglect or beat/Them, or silence or buy with a sweet,” as well as those acts that people commonly associated as maternal such as protecting the children from imaginary ghosts, “You will never wind up the sucking-thumb/Or scuttle off ghosts that come.” Then she switches the style she uses and instead of talking about what happens if a person in general has an abortion, she starts to talk about herself and her own experiences. She feels haunted by these unborn children of hers, shown from the line, “I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.” These voices that she hears aren’t real and nobody but her can hear them. This is her guilt over having the abortions manifesting itself in her mind. The wind is a metaphor for the guilt because on some days, guilt can be stronger, more assertive, and affects her more than

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