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El 104

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013

Prof. Zemen Miriam

Assignement # :Take home Essay ( 2)

Mrs. Balan and Pritchett's behavior

In the novel One Amazing Thing, Chitra Divakaruni tells the story of Mrs. Balan, a rich wife in India and Mr. Pritchett's mother, a poor woman struggling in life. Both have a son. However, Mrs. Balan is different from Mr. Pritchett's mother in terms of their love towards their sons and their social class.

One of the differences between Mrs. Balan and Mr Pritchett's mother is their love for their son. Mrs. Balan shows her affection to her son in contrast to Mr Pritchett's mother, who does not demonstrate it to her son. Mrs Balan has always been on the son' side. She always encourages her son to pursuit his dreams no matter she dislikes it or not. For example, Ravi, Mrs. Balan's son has found an idea to create a school for poor people. Even though Mr Balan, Ravi's father and Mrs.Balan's husband has been against that idea, she has forced him to buy the building by saying '' keep your money for those secretary[...] I'll sell my diamond set and buy the school myself, and don't think people won't hear it''(115). As a result of this blackmail, he signs the contract to buy the old Sai Center building for Ravi so that he can keep making his dream coming true. Because of that blackmail, she gives opportunity to her son. Another example of her love is when Ravi decides to teach students of his school even if she has not been happy about this change, she is unable to refuse. On the other hand, Mr Pritchett's mother has treated her son as a stranger. She seldom demonstrates her feelings to her son. Even her own son says''...mother is always asleep, like Sleeping beauty in the picture she bought...''(92). She gives an impression to not love her son. Mr Pritchett's mother is a negligent mother. She does not care about what her son can feel and does not even know what is going on in his life. For instance, Mr...

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