COMM 411 Lessons Learned
By Rebekah Lentz
The Bell Jar - Novel Project
What's Eating Gilbert Grape - Movie Project
I learned that Bonnie, the mother who is unable to take care of her children, will still do anything for her children when they need her. She is ashamed of the way she looks and feels bad about herself, but she doesn't hesitate to do something for her kids if they need her. Overall, mothers come in all sorts of forms, but, for the most part, they love their children and want to be there for them. I also learned that nobody can replace the true mother in somebody’s life. Gilbert tries to be the parent-type figure that Arnie needs, but at the end of the day, there is nothing that can replace the love he craves from his mother.
Motherhood on TV
I liked looking at all the different kind of mom’s on TV. For my project, I looked at present day moms and saw that a lot of them worked, but were also very successful at balancing their work and home life. I also think it’s interesting that many of them had funny and quirky husbands that sometimes became similar to having another child. I liked how the present day moms didn’t always have their pearls on or hair perfect. I liked that they were sometimes bad cooks or overwhelmed by the need to cook, clean, take care of the kids, be a chauffeur, and have a full-time, demanding job. Finally, I learned that mothers have come a long way since June Cleaver got all dolled up to vacuum and then wait around for her family to come home. These women today have busy and hectic lives, but are still fantastic mothers.
Motherhood in the News
Meanwhile Back at Mama's - Music Project
Motherhood and Disney Movies
Is it sad that I never really noticed the lack of mother’s in Disney movies? I guess I never really thought about it before, but it’s very obvious now that many mother’s are never mentioned, or die early in the movies. I do remember thinking the death of Bambi’s mom was pretty tragic, but after looking back at a lot of the movies, many of the mother’s deaths are pretty tragic and traumatizing. I believe that the child is forced to grow up quickly when the mother dies and Disney is able to make the viewers learn a lesson from their hero that has been forced to grow up. As a child, I’m not sure that I fully understood when or how a death was happening, so I don’t think Disney really scared me the way we may think when we go back and watch all the deaths of so many mother’s.