How does Shelagh Delaney present mothers in A Taste of Honey?
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Helen is the mother figure of the play, and she is presented as an awful mother who thinks only of her own pleasure. She doesn't care about her child and doesn't act as a real mother to her.
However there is also a focus on what mothers "should" be, so one could say that Helen is presented very badly, but the need for a mother and the importance of mothering in general is emphasized in the work.
Helen is one of the motherly figure in the entire story, who is a semi-whore and also a drunkard high on beers and alcohol. She had been involved with many illicit affairs with other men, depicting that she was not really a "mother" after all, just a despicable, low-down person. She is only capable of fulfilling her own pleasure and others and doesn't even care for her daughter's welfare, and others too. So, she was not even a real mother after all, and even her daughter hates her for that, for not caring for her enough and everyday goes for his usual flings, lacking of concern over her life and future.
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