Five Greatest Mothers in Literature

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! To celebrate those special women, I thought I would list my five favorite mothers in literature.

Molly Weasley in The Harry Potter Series

Molly Weasley. Image Source: Tumblr

Molly Weasley. Image Source: Tumblr

The matriarch of the Weasley clan, Molly has to manage six boys, a girl, and a childlike husband. This is a tall order for any woman, but Molly is up to the task. Even though her children occasionally view her as strict and overbearing, Molly’s motherly love knows no bounds. She welcomes Harry into the family almost instantly when she first meets him at King’s Cross Station. In the end, she puts her life on the line to save her only daughter. The Harry Potter Series features a bevy of mothers, but it is Molly that stands out from the rest of the crowd.

Sally Jackson in Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Sally Jackson. Image Source: Percy Jackson Wiki

Sally Jackson. Image Source: Percy Jackson Wiki

While Sally Jackson may not play a significant role in the Percy Jackson series, she is the fore that protects Percy from the slew of gods and monsters that want him dead. She marries a grotesque man and endures his abuse all for the love of her son.

Margaret “Marmee” March in Little Women

Marmee. Image Source: Fanpop

Marmee. Image Source: Fanpop

A list of great mothers in literature would not be complete with the March matriarch. Forced to raise four young and ambitious girls alone, Margaret March is a pillar of patience, love and compassion in the lives of her daughters. Even when things get tough, Marmee is there to steer her girls on the right path.

Catelyn Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire

Catelyn Stark. Image Source: The Frisky

Catelyn Stark. Image Source: The Frisky

Catelyn Stark is an example of how far a woman will go to protect her children. Emotionally distraught after the death of her husband, Catelyn goes to great lengths to ensure the survival of her children, even disobeying orders and risking treason. Though she is not without her flaws, Catelyn Stark is the glue that keeps her family together. When she died, the Starks were never the same.

Hannah Gruen in The Nancy Drew Mystery Series

Hannah Gruen. Image Source: Gabriellea Breu

Hannah Gruen. Image Source: Gabriellea Breu

So, the Drew housekeeper may not be Nancy’s real mother, but she is a constant presence in the sleuth’s life, assisting Nancy with cases and providing a stable home environment when Nancy’s father, Carson, is out of town on business.

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