What is the mother's philosophy in the short story "Star Food"?

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The mother in the short story "Star Food" is a character who is almost completely opposite of her husband. She believes that the best way to achieve greatness is to be patient and observant. Her husband, however, believes that the only way to get things done is by working hard.

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In the short story "Star Food," Dade's mother believes that the world's most famous men are men of "vulgar fame." She believes that these men are only famous because they have simple ideas that can be understood by anybody and everybody. However, she believes that there are more admirable men of "limited fame." When she talks about men of limited fame, she refers to men like Da Vinci, Galileo, and Newton.

She believes that Dade will become a man of "limited fame" due to the way that he sits on the roof and looks up into the sky. She believes that men of limited fame just observed normal objects long enough until they saw something new. She frequently argues this with her husband, who simply believes that Dade is shirking his responsibilities.

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The philosophy of Dade's mother emphasizes dreaming of big things. Therefore she encourages Dade to dream to become a person of limited fame. She believes that great people of the past became great, because they had the ability to see new things in ordinary objects. In this connection she mentions people like Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci. So, Dade, as a dutiful son, often would go on top of the store to look up into the sky. He was looking for something, anything, a sign. 

It should also be mentioned that Dade's mother was the complete opposite of his father. Dade's father was a practical man who planned everything in minute detail. 

The title of the story encapsulates both philosophies of life. The star in "Star Food" refers to the philosophy of Dade's mother (look up); the food in "Star Food" refers to the grocery store and philosophy of Dade's father. As Dade is on the roof, he is between them. 

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