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Wilfred Owen's VoicesLanguage and Community$
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Douglas Kerr

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198123705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123705.001.0001

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(p.48) 5 Susan
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

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Susan Owen served as the motionless point of the family as all the family's activities appeared to revolve around her. One of the significant roles that Susan played within the household is that she served as the inner sanctuary, even within the refuge of the home. She was very delicate as she was often ill and confined to bed, and she usually needed help from her sons or her husband especially when she attempted to go outdoors. As such, she was what everyone in the family looked forward to and came back to since the house represented her domain. The gravitation that Wilfred expressed towards her was manifest in how he fostered a certain degree of hostility toward his father and how he did not like outdoor activities. This chapter realizes how Owen often associated motherhood themes with sickroom nursing wherein a mother's tears are capable of healing.

Keywords:   Susan Owen, mother, motherhood, inner sanctuary, healing, sickroom nursing

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