Can you analyze the mother character in the story "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich?

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The mother in this story, Anna, is a woman of strength, intelligence and courage.  She has the courage to perform acrobatic and dangerous stunts in front of a crowd.  She has the courage to go on after the death of her husband and child.  She has the courage to rush into a blazing fire to save her other child.

Anna has the intelligence to know how to accomplish the fire save when the fire fighters can not.  She has the intelligence to learn to adjust to blindness at an old age.  She has the intelligence to think quickly how to save herself when the trapeze act fails.

Finally, Anna has the strength to suffer through tragedy and to soldier on, to find happiness again, and to raise a loving and intelligent daughter.  Whether it is grabbing and holding on to an electrical wire, or jumping into a fire, Anna doesn't hesitate to put her life at risk for those that she loves.  She also has the strength to move smoothly from a life of variety and excitement to a quiet life as a wife in a farmhouse.  "She loved the sagging farmhouse with its scrap of what was left of a vast acreage of woods and hidden hay fields that stretched to the game park."