Mothers-in-Law Analytical Essay by JPWrite

A look at the role of mothers-in-law in literature and in real life.
# 64862 | 1,899 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Apr 09, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Sociology (General) , Women Studies (General) , Literature (General)

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This paper uses the roles of the mothers-in-law in the novels "Tartuffe" by Moliere and "The Stone Angel" by Margarette Laurence to demonstrate how the mother-in-law can hold a considerable amount of influence over her grown and married children's lives, whatever her role or relationship with family members and in-laws.

From the Paper:

"Over the years, the role of mother-in-law has taken on many different forms. The stereotypical view of a mother-in-law is that of an overprotective and overbearing woman who sticks her nose into the relationships of her offspring and causes nothing but problems. While this has surely happened at some point during nearly every relationship, mother-in-laws are much more than that. Maintaining a good relationship with a mother-in-law is a very important part of any relationship because of the power that she holds over other members of the family. In fact, the entire outcome of a relationship can depend on how one handles his or her mother-in-law. In the play "Tartuffe," by Moliere, Tartuffe is able to manipulate Madame Pernelle into believing that he is a man of God who has nothing but good intentions. This allows Tartuffe to gain access to the family, despite the fact that nearly everyone else had trust issues with him. At the same time, however, in the novel The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence, Doris does not have a good relationship with her mother-in-law and her marriage suffers because of this."

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