Girl Gravity And Two Kinds

A mother’s love for her children is supposed to be something that never dies.

The problem is, this "love" can be expressed in many ways. Sometimes, the
love is shown in such a way that there is no doubt that this woman would do
anything for her offspring. Sometime, this love can be viewed, as a way that
that the mother is trying to mold her daughter into what she believes is the"right" way to behave. Other times, the mother is trying her best to make
sure that her child is doing HER best. These three types of "love" are
expressed in the three short stories "Girl," "Gravity," and "Two

Kinds." The mother in "Girl" is portrayed as an overbearing monster. For
some unknown reason, she has given her daughter many guidelines by which she has
to live by. The reason may be that the mother was a rebel in her childhood. It
could be that the mother has a vision of what her daughter is to be like. The
reason is unknown. But what is known is that this mother won’t take anything
less than what she thinks a lady should be like. To the knowledge of the reader,
the child has done nothing wrong to have to receive this reprimanding. The most
demeaning section of the tirade is when the mother says "...\' so to prevent
you from becoming the slut you are so bent on becoming.’" (Kincaid 13) This
mother, for whatever reason it may be, has the idea that her daughter, who she
is SUPPOSED to love with all her heart, has her young mind set on becoming a
slut. Every time the daughter tried to throw in a comment, it goes all for
naught. The mother does not even respond to the comment that her child says. The
problem is this story might have been resolved; it might have not been resolved.

No one will know. But, the odds are that if the mother will act like this now,
there are no signs of her changing anytime in the near future. The daughter in
this story has to live with the reality that her mother has a mindset of what a
woman is. Unfortunately, it appears to be virtually impossible to fill the mold
that her mother has for her. In "Gravity," the mother has been put into an
awful situation. Her son, who seems to be about 30 years old, has the AIDS
virus. He has grown weak and feeble. He basically relies on his mother for all
his needs. This mother is portrayed as a mother that will (and unfortunately has

to) do anything for her son. Even when he was a little child who could not see,
his mother lent him her glasses so he could see "Fiddler on the Roof." She
did this with full knowledge that she would be forced to squint for the entire
showing. The mother herself has her own sicknesses, which she has to deal with.

But, even still, she puts her son’s well - being before hers... just like she
has when he was a little child who couldn’t see. The mother not only does
things to help her son physically, she does things to help him emotionally. When
she and her son are in a shop purchasing a gift bowl, she tossed the $500 glass
bowl to her feeble son. To the surprise of her son and everyone else in the
store, he held on. Theo, the son, was overwhelmed with joy that he didn’t see
a pile of glass in front of his feet. As good as a mother as she is, she does
have some flaws. First, she somewhat gives the impression that she has been
annoyed with the situation. She also feels that people are always looking down
on them. Eventually, it is assumed that the son will pass away. To this day, no
cure for AIDS has been found. No matter what, Theo, has always known, and always
will know, that his mother would have moved the world to see him with a smile on
his face. After all, she had been doing whatever it took to make him happy since
he was a little child. "Two Kinds" is a story in which a mother believes
that her daughter could be the absolute best at something... as long as she put
her mind to it. Unfortunately for the mother, she and her daughter did not see
eye to eye