Representation of Motherhood
as found in the novel
In Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel entitled Room,
In the beginning of the novel,
As Jack gets older,
it becomes more obvious to the narrator that he does not fully understand what’s happening around him. Around this time, Ma gradually decides to reveal the truth to Jack regarding their predicament. This is similarly seen within most families as children get older. Explaining to a three year old a complex concept usually includes telling a lie to make it easier for the child to understand, however, as the child gets older; the lie makes less sense because he/she begins to see the world is seen with a different level of understanding. A more relatable example is found in the novel when Ma decides to tell Jack that Santa, the Easter bunny, and the Tooth Fairy are not real.