Credibility of the Mother's Actions in "The Leap"Based on what you know about brave, selfless people, are the mother’s actions credible? Explain your answer.

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Leap," the mother has a natural instinct toward helping others.  Selfless people in society would include those who put their lives in danger to help others, such Police and Firemen, and those who try to help the less fortunate going into crime infested neighborhoods to deliver food to the elderly. 

The mother's behavior is natural to her, she sacrifices for her family, responding to dramatic situations that require great courage.  She appears to be a person who automatically thinks of others, with no regard for her own safety.  People like the mother are very real. 

One person, who I can think of who was saintly in her personal sacrifice was Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  She rescued the near dead and dying from the streets, exposing herself to serious disease and death constantly.  She had a mother's instinct, rescuing discarded babies out of garbage pails. 

Its easy to understand how the mother in this story would be willing to sacrifice for her child.  Most mothers have strong protective instincts when it comes to their children. 

"The narrator says that her mother saw that there was no rescue for her, yet she stripped off her clothes to make the attempt. Anna's again choosing life for her child manifested her continued connectedness with the future." 

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I find them to be absolutely credible. You may have heard the stories of what mothers are able to do when their child's life is in danger. That link between mother and child is so very strong, even in nature. Animal mothers fiercely protect their young. As a mother, I know I would do anything for my children, and even though they are both adults with their own families now, they are still my children, and I would still give my life for them. I also have grandchildren who I would protect with my life as well. That motherly instinct and love is selfless and brave. Once you have a child, your life changes forever, and that child becomes first in your life.