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Maureen (V.1) by Vladimir February 25, 2007

Posted by enterpr1ze in Characters, Maureen.

Mauree seems to be the only person who has REAL problems in her very difficult life. She is not like the other characters, because she wanted to die not because she made a mistake in this life, not because she missed something or somebody, but because of her son, Matty, who is disabled to do anything in this life, because he has a very seriose disease and exists only like a vegetable… He cannot say thanks to his mother, for all what she did for him, he cannot say anything at all. It is not his fault and it is not Maureen’s fault… It is fault of the nature if we can say so and nobody can cure the boy.  And this is a great disaster. Her own son, who must be the greatest award for every single woman , is for Maureen the biggest punishment. Sometimes she thinks that it will be the best thing for Matty to die, but these thoughts only break off her heart. In addition to it, her little world is limited by her own house and by a local church. Maureen lives like a prisoner and Matty is her “supervisor”.  It does not seem that she has a lot of friends, maybe only a few in the church.  And day to day her situation becomes more and more difficult… Nobody in this world can understand her or better to say that nobody want to understand her. All have their own problems and Maureen does not want to impose her problems to other people. Even when she tried to kill herself, she wanted to do it “in the silence” making no anxiety to other people. One more interesting thing in the Maureen that she is a dutiful Catholic, and in the Catholic religion like in other religions suicide is a biggest sin, but how we can see, wish to die is more powerfull than all her belief. So we can understand that the religion was the only thing, which gave her a hope, but when she totaly lost her hope, she does not care a lot about her next life.  But suddenly she met these three strange people and she decided to be together with them. Although she sometimes cannot understand the modern behavior of JJ(She also thinks that JJ is a gay because he has long hairs and he is American and it sounds very strange but if we remembered that she was almost 20 years isolated from this world it seems to be quite normal ), dirty slang of Jess and  strange Martin’s life, she feels that there is something that connect them, that they are one team, one band and they can help each other. Maybe she does not know how to do it, but maybe these guys are her last chance.



1. S!L3NC3 - February 21, 2008


my name is Dennis and I read Hornby’s novel at school as well. We were divided into four groups to characterize the four main characters. Obviously I agreed with Maureen.

First of all I have to say, that I absolutely agree with your opinion that, Maureen is the only one with REAL problems. The fact that she isolates herself from the world, except of going to church and going out to buy eatables makes her instable. So her wishes to get out of this life grow stronger than her beliefs in religion. She also could not kill her disabled son Matty, because this would make her life even worse.
I think it is really hard, if a mother doesn’t get a word or even a „thank you“ by her son. As you said:
„He cannot say thanks to his mother, for all what she did for him, he cannot say anything at all.“
I like it, that you accentuate the fact, that a child should be the greatest award for a mother. And as you said, her life is like the one of a prisoner.
Although she is punished with her son, she makes the reader smile a bit. For example, as she thought that JJ is gay.

I think you have a lot of sympathy for Maureen, or for her situation. Which, I really like, because I have a lot of sympathy for her, too.
But there are still some things which you missed out, for example her age or that she got intimate with a man only one time in her life.

But all in all you did a great job on characterizing Maureen. If someone would ask me, where he or she can find some information about her feelings and beliefs I would recommend your text.

Sincerely yours

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