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Written By: J.B. PRIESTLY Born: 13 September 1894, Manningham Died: 14 August 1984

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About the author

J. B. Priestley - Wikipedia

John Boynton Priestley, OM , 13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984) broadcaster and social commentator. ... In 1940. British novelist, playwright, and essayist, noted for his varied output and his ability for shrewd characterization.

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About the Play

The play written by J.B. Priestly reveals how a mother’s efforts are ignored by her family. It narrates how the family members who work eight hour shifts a day, look upon her although she works for the whole day and all week. After all she does for them, they take her for granted. They make her feel obligated to provide for them and do not even appreciate her efforts. It revolves around how her friend Mrs Fitzgerald who is a fortune teller helps her earn the place and respect she deserves as the woman of the house.

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Introduction

Mother’s Day Summary – Mother’s day is a play by J. B. Priestley. It is a satirical and humorous depiction of the status of the women, in particular, a housewife in a family. Moreover, a housewife dedicates all her time in the service of her family but her family takes her service for granted and never take notice of her needs. The family never acknowledge her services or thank her for all that she does for them. Everyone neglects her and this issue is prominent and relevant today. Many houses out there sulk and suffer in silence. Also, the issue the play raises is genuine the issue can’t be set by mere changes of the personality of husbands, sons, and daughters. In order to give wives the praise, they deserve the family needs to give them the desired attention.

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Characters

Mrs. Pearson Mrs. Pearson appears to be a timid and confused lady. She is in her forties. She is a devoted housewife. She enjoys serving her husband and  children. She is ignored and made to work throughout the day. In spite of their ill treatment, neglect and exploitation, she loves them all. In fact, for that she endures everything without any murmur or protest. We feel sympathy for her. We wish her to be a little more assertive. However, Mrs. Fitzgerald brings about a change in her personality. She helps her to become more assertive and dominating at the end.

Mrs. Pearson

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Mrs. Fitzgerald

Mrs. Fitzgerald Mrs. Fitzgerald is quite experienced and smart. She knows some esoteric magic that she learned in the East. She is heavier and has a 'strong and sinister personality'. She is liberated, strong, dominating and bold. She smokes and plays cards. Mrs Fitzgerald has a deep voice. Her accent is Irish. Mrs. Fitzgerald is firm, solid an d result -oriented. She sets all the spoilt members of Mrs. Pearson's family right.

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Ms . Doris Pearson

Doris Doris Pearson is the daughter of Mrs. Pearson. She is a pretty girl in her early twenties. She looks pleasant but she is a 'spoilt' child. She makes her mother run after her all the time. She gives order to her as if Mrs. Pearson were the servant in the house. She asks her mother to iron her yellow silk. She expects tea to be served to her. She always thinks of her and her boy-friend, Charlie.

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MAS. Cyril Pearson

Cyril Cyril is the masculine counterpart of Doris. He is also 'spoilt' like his sister. He is in the habit of treating his mother very casually. He asks if tea is ready. When Mrs. Pearson says 'no', he angrily answers back: "Why not?"  Then he orders: "Did you put my things out?" So he makes his mother run all the time doing one thing or the other.

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Mr. George Pearson

Mr . George Pearson is Mrs. Pearson’s spoilt husband. He is about fifty years old. He is fundamentally decent but solemn, self-important, pompous, heavy, and slow-moving type man. He is an indifferent husband. He is predominantly focused on his own comfort, ease, and happiness. He is also like his spoilt daughter, Doris, and son, Cyril. He spends most of his free time at the club hanging around with his friends playing snooker. Quite ironically his friends make fun of him calling him Pompy-ompy Pearson because they think you’re so slow and pompous. He is shocked at his wife’s defiant behavior. He is unable to understand how his erstwhile docile wife became so critical and strict with him. Mrs. Fitzgerald’s soul in Mrs. Pearson’s body succeeds in bringing him back on track. At the end we find him a changed husband who starts caring for his wife.

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About the Chapter

Pearson Family

The following play is a humorous portrayal of the status of the mother in a family. Let’s read on to see how Mrs Pearson’s family reacts when she tries to stand up for her own rights. Characters MRS ANNIE PEARSON GEORGE PEARSON DORIS PEARSON CYRIL PEARSON MRS FITZGERALD  The action takes place in the living-room of the Parson’s house in a London suburb.

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About the Chapter

Pearson Family

The following play is a humorous portrayal of the status of the mother in a family. Let’s read on to see how Mrs Pearson’s family reacts when she tries to stand up for her own rights. Characters MRS ANNIE PEARSON GEORGE PEARSON DORIS PEARSON CYRIL PEARSON MRS FITZGERALD  The action takes place in the living-room of the Parson’s house in a London suburb.

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About the Chapter

The story begins with both Mrs Pearson and Mrs Fitzgerald sitting opposite each other at Mrs Pearson’s place. Mrs Fitzgerald is a fortune-teller and she has supposedly seen Mrs Pearson’s fortune, thus, she continues to say that she has told her all that is within her capacity to tell. The same reading can work in a positive way if Mrs Pearson’s actions are in sync with it or it could turn out to be bad too.