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The 10 best bad mums in literature

Mother's Day: be grateful for the mother you've got. At least she's not one
of these 10 classic mum villains from literature



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10725512/The-10-best-bad-mums-in-li
terature.html

CONTAINS SPOILERS

Daisy Buchanan - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

It's easy to forget that Fitzgerald's jazz-age aristocrat is a mother.
Daisy's daughter is hardly in the book at all, with Daisy too busy being
betwitched by Jay Gatsby to spend much time parenting. She does mention that
when she was first told she had given birth to a daughter, she replied: "I
hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a
beautiful little fool." Not much maternal ambition there.

BADNESS RATING: 2/5

Charlotte Haze - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

We only ever see Charlotte Haze through the eyes of Humbert Humbert, who
shows her initially as a vaguely repulsive obstacle to Humbert's advances on
the young Lolita, and then even more worthy of his disgust because of her
own dislike of her daughter. Charlotte seems to realise that Lolita is
competing for Humbert's affections, but that only makes Charlotte like her
even less. Difficult to forgive.

BADNESS RATING: 4/5

Etc.....


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