Mother’s Day Notes | Class XI


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Mother's Day Notes

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Mother’s Day Notes

– J. B. Priestley

Mother’s Day Notes

Mother’s Day Notes

(Selected Questions Solutions)

Q.1. This play written in the 1950s is a humorous and satirical depiction of the status of the mother in the family.

(i) what are the issues it raises?

(ii) Do you think it caricatures these issues or do you think that the problems it raises are genuine? how does the play resolve the issues? Do you agree with the resolution?

Ans: The issues raised by the playwright J. B. Priestley in the play ‘Mother’s Day’ are pertaining to the status of a mother in a family are as follows:

The positions and status of a mother in the family till the nineteenth century was inferior to a man. A mother had to remain within the four walls of the house. All the household works had to be done by the mother. She was exploited and intimidated not only by her husband but also by her children. Besides being given birth to children and raring them up, a mother had to obey the dictates of all the members of the family. In brief, to say, the mother had no individual freedom in the family.

All these issues have been raised in the play.

(ii) Yes, the problems that the play raises here are genuine; but the tone of depiction and expression is humorous. Mrs. Pearson, mother to Doris and Cyril becomes the victim of her children’s dictations. They ask her to iron their clothes, prepare tea etc. George, her husband also wants his wife to obey his dictates.

The issues raised here in the play are resolved through the dictation of Mrs. Fitzrald.

We quite agree with the resolution.

Q.2. If you were to write about these issues today what are some of the incidents, examples and problems that you would think as prevalent?

Ans: The issues pertaining to the status of a mother in a family as raised in the play ‘Mother’s Day’ is relevant to the present-day also, especially in poor countries.

In Indian society, a mother is regarded as the sole worker of household chores. She has to obey not only the dictates of her husband but also of her children as Mrs. Pearson had to obey the dictates of her children Doris and Cyril. In our present-day society, we see that the girls when they get maturity to go out with their boyfriends ignoring their parents’ advice. The male child also behaves with their mothers in such a way as if their mothers are their servants. They have neither time nor conscience to give some freedom like theirs to their mothers.

Q.3. Is drama a good medium for conveying a social message?  Discuss.

Ans: Drama is a good medium for conveying a social message. It is because till today most of the population of the world are illiterate. They can neither read nor write. They are unacquainted with the modern progressive outlook towards life. Besides, some educated people also seem to remain unconscious of the plight of women in society. In such conditions, the drama may be a good medium for conveying social messages to the general mass.

In the drama ‘Mother’s Day’ J. B. Priestley has convincingly highlighted certain issues which are still relevant in our society. He shows how Mrs. Pearson had to suffer under her husband and children in a male-dominated society. And in doing so the dramatist has succeeded as Mrs. Firzarald makes Mrs. Pearson aware of her plight. Resultantly Mrs. Pearson gets her personalities changed. The enjoyment of such drama might affect mass mentality. 0 0 0.

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