Reader’s Response to Andre’s Mother Andre’s Mother Andre’s Mother is a surprisingly short play, and while some of the characters’ backstories, personalities, and motivations are revealed through the dialogue and action, much remains unsaid and left to audience members’ speculation.
Choose one character from the play and discuss what you believe his or her motivation, backstory, and personality is like. You can be somewhat creative here, but you should use the clues that the playwright has already provided for you as your guide. Respond to at least 2 other students’ posts. Your initial post and peer responses should be substantive. ~ PDF to the play is uploaded below ~ The discussion and responses do not need to be long at all; probably just a 6 sentence minimum each. Down below I will copy and paste 2 discussions I would like you to respond to. ~
Disscusion 1: In Andre’s Mother, I’ve decided to choose the character Cal. Cal is a loving, sweet, and accepting man. Cal and Andre were in a relationship. He wanted Andre to tell his mother about his homosexuality, but Andre was always scared she would disapprove.
I believe Cal pushed it because his family were accepting of him, and he thought the same for Andre. Unfortunately, Andre died from AIDS. Cal was very confused, troubled, and hurt by this realization. Cal has never had AIDS and was tested for it. He’s not sure how we got it but, he still loved him to the very end. He never left him. That shows the deep love he had for Andre. Discussion 2: “Andre’s Mother” is a short play where some of the characters backstories, personalities, and motivations are revealed through the dialogue and action. Though much remains unsaid and left to the audience for speculation. For this discussion I chose Andre’s mother. Andre’s mother carries herself with dignity and she’s very strong but reveals herself to have a cold heart. She knew her son was in a play and she knew that it was one of his dreams but refused to go watch him in the play due to the fact she couldnt accept that he was gay. Her backstory is that when she found out about his sexuality, she was mortified and embarrassed. Instead of accepting the fact that her son was gay she gave him the ultimatum of become straight or move out. This is how Andre met his boyfriend Cal. Her motivation to come to the ceremony was that she felt guilty and was so upset at herself for not being there for him and not seeing him in his play while she was allowed the opportunity. She was still furious at her son for putting her through this.
After Cal talked to her and told her that Andre was so worried to tell her that he was sick. This helped Andre’s mother realize that he had gone through so much and he was not able to come to her about it because she didn’t agree with his lifestyle. She realized that she had lost so much time with her son because of being angry at him. As she kisses the balloon it potrays her apologizing and forgiving her son for not being there for him.