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In the short Poem Marks Written by Linda Pastan it provides greatdetail into the life of a disgruntled wife who is a mother of two Thesetting of the story takes place in a standard family house but theyseem to treat everything like they are in school Pastan uses anextended metaphor throughout the poem comparing life to school Thefamily from the husband daughter and son are giving the mother Markswhich are grades The marks the mother receives from her family driveher The conflict the mom has with these marks causes conflict with herwith husband her children and also causes inner conflict with herselfIn this poem the conflict that the Mother has with her own Kids is oneof the main cogs which are forcing her to drop out The son believes themom to be an average mother but could improve if she put her mind to itLine 05 The Daughter believes only in pass or fail Line 09 and isfair to the mom and gives her a pass As a blanket statement nobodyreally likes criticism especially from a loved one And no parent wantstheir kids to grade them or even call them an average parent Parentswant their kids to see them as the best and the grades being splitbetween the kid causes conflict The kids having the same opinions onthe marks they give their mom which makes the mother feel like shefailed The Son says the mom is average which in most categoriesrepresents a C While the daughter only gives the mom a pass One canpass with a C and the daughter not providing an actual mark on how themoms doing are not giving her any confidence that she is a good parentBoth children seem to be teetering on the bubble on whether or not theythink that their mom is a good mom and that affects the Mothersconfidence and in the end that too causes conflict Conflict the mother has with her husband is much more of
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