This play, written in 1950s, is a humorous and satirical depiction of the status of the mother in 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?

(i) This play depicts the plight of mother in a family. It raises the following issues:

  1. Mother is treated like a slave.
  2. She has no choice of her own.
  3. She is always taken for granted.

(ii) The play ‘Mother’s Day’ was written in 1950s. It is a humorous and satirical depiction of the status of the woman, in particular, a housewife, in a family. A housewife devotes all her time in the service of her family but her family takes her service for granted and never take notice of her needs. They don’t even acknowledge her services or thank her for all that she does for them. She feels neglected. This issue is very prominent and relevant even today. There are so many housewives who sulk and suffer in silence. Hence, the issue, the play raises, is genuine. However, the resolution the issue offered in the play raises is genuine. However, the resolution of the issue offered in the play amounts to caricature of the issues. The issue cannot be resolved by mere change of personality. Husbands, sons, daughters should take notice of wives, and mothers and not give them orders and treat them like slave.

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