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Motherhood is a journey that women embark upon in life and endure many struggles hopes loves fears and worries and opportunities As a mother the responsibilities come long before the child is brought into the world A woman is a mother from conception and must nurture and care for her child from this point forward As her child grows up she can only do her best to give every ounce of love and care she has to make her childs life better Mothers have many responsibilities including protecting and providing for their children In most recent years our view of motherhood has altered from the stay-at-home mom but has altered even more from what a mother was two hundred years ago How motherhood is viewed also changes by culture Ethnic background plays a major part in the role that mothers play In the novels The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Beloved by Toni Morrison motherhood is shown from two very extreme situations In The Joy Luck Club the story line is about four Chinese mothers who have immigrated to the United States and their American-raised daughters The reader witnesses what a role the differences in culture play for the relationships between these mothers and daughters We see through The Joy Luck Club that motherhood in the Chinese culture is seen differently than we may be normally used to In Beloved the story is set in 1873 a time when slavery still existed in the Southern states and escaped slaves in the free North could still be taken back to the plantations in the South The main character Sethe managed to get three of her children out of the South and into Ohio and also escaped while pregnant to the North However to protect her children from being taken back to the South and made slaves she killed one and attempted to kill two others Her actions in the novel cause the reader
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