The Role Of Motherhood In Queen Of Mold

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The title “Queen of Mold” incorporates two aspects in regard to Reichl’s mother. One, that she did not care for cooking things that were over their expiry date; second, that despite her mother’s poor cooking talent, Reichl still admired her. The title might sound contradicting since one often relates “mold” to something negative, while “queen” is interpreted as something positive. However, the author successfully supports her choice by introducing positive adjectives throughout the text that support her admiration towards her mother. This creates the idea of motherhood often portrayed in real life: children look up to their mothers despite their mistakes. Furthermore, the title suggests that although Reichl’s mother might not be a good cook
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