The Great Mother in Grapes of Wrath. Henderson.
“For minute Rose of Sharon sat still in the whispering barn. Then she hoisted her tired body up and drew the comfort around her…Her hand moved behind his head and supported it. Her fingers moved gently in his hair. She looked up and across the barn, and her lips came together and smiled mysteriously.”
~ John Steinbeck
Found in the ruins of ancient Minoan civilization on Crete, ca. 1600 B.C.E.
In The Grapes of Wrath, the Great Mother manifests herself both in the positive and negative aspects of nature:
“In her transformative character, the Great Mother is a force for change in the individual and society; this change may involve growth or destruction, rebirth or death, for both are within her domain.”WOMB to TOMB
The nourishing breast is the most elementary symbol of the Great Mother’s life-giving quality.