Title
The words in the title of Mother to Son suggest to me that a mother is going to talk to her son about something.

Paraphrase
In the story “Mother to Son”, a mother is telling her son that he should not give up. She explains to him that life is hard at sometimes, but if he gives up it is going to be even more harder for him. She tells him that he will survive and still have good times.

Connotation
In this story there is no rhyme scheme and there is only one stanza. The point of view is in 1st person in the mother’s point of view. The mother is using symbolism by using many examples such as the quote,” Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair”. This shows that she has not had the best of life and life is not easy on her, but she’s lived through it. In this story there is the sense of sight, for example in this quote. “And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.”

Attitude
In the story the speakers attitude is that their being helpful. The story is in the mother’s point of view and she is talking to her son in a persuasive and helpful attitude, trying to cheer him up about the hardships of life and how to survive through life. The author tries to show a universal message in this story by teaching the readers a lesson.

Shifts
“Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor —
Bare.
But all the time…” This shows the shift because she was explaining how hard her life was and was explaining life was not easy, and the she shifted in the last sentence.

Title
A mother is having a talk with her son about life and tells him not to give up. This title plays an overall interpretation in the poem because this basically sums up the main topic of the story, which is a mother talking to her son.

Theme
In this story the universal message the author is providing is that you should not give up even if life does get hard. He uses phrases like this,” Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal chair… But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners, And sometimes goin’ in the dark Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back. The mother in passage is saying that she went through hard times, but without that she would not be the person she is now.