To a considerable extent, Jonas's mother must balance her important roles as both mother and state functionary. As well as taking care of her son, Jonas's mother must ensure the safety of the community, which she does by tirelessly working in her capacity as an administrator of justice, one of the most important roles in this society.
So assiduous is she in following society's rules to the absolute letter that the distinction between her duties as mother and senior functionary at the Department of Justice become almost completely blurred. Jonas's mother cares about her son as she does with all her family members, but only to the extent that they follow society's rigid norms and rules. For Jonas's mother, what's good for Jonas is ultimately good for society, and vice versa. Intelligent, practical, and genuine in her belief that what she's doing is for the good of the community, Jonas's mother is nonetheless something of a fanatic, someone who's never once stopped to consider whether the rules to which she adheres so strictly are morally correct.