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Edna O'Brien was born in County Clare in the 1930. As a young woman O'Brien would of been accustom to the principles of de Valera's 1937 constitution 'that amuses the family as the basis of the country and relied centrally on submissive domestic femininity.' (Obert, Pg.284) girls where to not work outside of that role as homemaker since they wouldn't be contributing to society in the method by which in which the ministry demanded. The mother daughter relationship is of significance in Edna O'Briens writting perhaps because of her own experiences of the way the state repressed girls (as mentioned above) but also religios variables and mythological. First I will explore the prior. Catholisism and the power of this church was a prominant feature of leaving in ireland during the time of this 1950's, in which the country girls is set. Female sexuality was largly dimissed as the ideology of the virgin mary was a powerful image that had a hold as the exemplary model of an ideal mother. From another flow of society there was also the myhological imagery of 'ireland as woman' or 'mother ireland'. An example of the imagry would be yeat's play Cathleen ni houlihaan which portrays Ireland as a gloomy poor begger lady. Women where repressed from the ideology these images portrayed since the very notion of such exsisting charecters is irrational and these standerds are simply unattainable. Irelands two pictures of mother are utilized to completly desexualize the feminine body. Edna o brien uses the protagonist Cathleen and Baba as a way to go againgst these images. They as teens are only finding their sexuality. However if they act upon there sensual dessires they're punished. Female desire is an element that o brien tries to show is efectively shut down from i.. .