When we read the story of Mattie Michael, we understand that all the time she was worried about the men around her and how she can please them. We can say that the men were the reason of her entire life. For example her dad wanted her to marry an honorable man. So she met with the boy she didn`t like at all because her father wanted she did it. She knew that her father tried to do his best for his daughter and she tried to repay him for everything.
Mattie understands that the only way to give back to her father it is to go dating with the guy chosen by her father, Butch. That all leads to bad consequences. Mattie, trying to please the young man, agrees to do everything for him and lets go of her moral principles. As the result of it, Mattie is pregnant and it is Butch`s child.
Finally the child is born and Mattie became a mother. The heroine tries to make everything possible for her baby. In order her child can grow in good and comfortable condition, she moves to the boarding house. But she has a lot of difficulties like lack of money and hard work. Fortunately, the house mistress Miss Eva let her to live in her house for free. Miss Eva tries to explain to Mattie that she too much depends on her baby and men. They have a small argument and the mistress tells Mattie should be more relaxed towards her child, for example, she should let him sleep alone. But the young woman does not agree with her saying that he is afraid of dark. The relations between Mattie and her son are so close that she cannot part from him.
After the death of Miss Eva, young woman discovers the reasons why the mistress did not ask her to pay for the room. She inherits the house.
We can see that Mattie still tries to pleas the men, exactly – her son. She recognizes the house as the possession of her son and not her own. She does everything for him and she gives him everything that she has. Mattie does not try to change her way of life.
But some time later Mattie got in trouble because of her dependence on her son and the consequences are much bigger this time. Her son killed himself trying to persuade her mother that he does not want to spend all his life in prison for killing somebody. It happens after he killed a man. She lost her son forever. As there is no son in her life, there is no need for her to live in this house, so she decided to live it.
At the end we see that she changed. Now she lives in the “Brewster Place”, the place that she owns. Here she is able to continue the business of Miss Eva. She has very hard experience and now she hopes that people who live there will be happier than she was.
When we read the story of Mattie Michael, we understand that all the time she was worried about the men around her and how she can please them. We can say that the men were the reason of her entire life. For example her dad wanted her to marry an honorable man. So she met with the boy she didn`t like at all because her father wanted she did it.