We should respect and love our parents because no matter what pain and sacrifices your parents have to make, they will surely and always chose to save us. The Aged Mother by Matsuo Basho, also known as The Story of the Aged Mother, this Japanese folktale narrates the story of an unkind ruler who issues cruel orders, including one demand that all old folks are to be abandoned and left to die. The entire province was given strict orders to immediately put to death all aged people. The story’s big idea is mother’s love, it’s something that no one can explain because it is made with deep care, sacrifice, understanding, and pain.
In the story, The Aged Mother by Matsuo Basho, the author believes that mothers love is something that should be cherished by all daughters and sons, we must treat back with positive actions. Before the son was about to leave; his mother still worries about his safety and sets up a path for him: ‘“The mountain road is full of dangers. LOOK carefully and follow the path which holds the piles of twigs. They will guide you to the familiar path farther down”’ (Basho 1 ). Even when it will be the last time the son will see his mother, his mother still shows the love to her son, almost like saying “thank you” to him, and appreciate the care that his mother provided. As the story continues, the son starts regretting his actions and starts to realize how much kindness his mother gave him throughout his life: ‘“oh, Honorable mother, your kindness breaks my heart! I will not leave you. Together we will follow the path of twigs, and together we will die!”’ (Basho 2). Of all the things that the mother has sacrificed and done for the son, is now being paid back to his mother to save her life. This brings out the idea of how we should treat back our parents with positive actions because of all the things they’ve done for us to make our lives smoother.
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