The brightest moments in a person’s day are usually times when they have made a personal connection. Whether it is a smile from a complete stranger or a kiss from a loved one, these personal connections build relationships that shape the lives of every individual. Relationships vary in type, depth, and complexity, but any which way, they play a prominent role in the lives of The Women of Brewster Place, and the characters in The Road. Friendly, biological, and intimate relationships are extremely critical components of these two stories and help shape the path of each character’s journey.
The relationship between Mattie and Eva although brief was very influential. Mattie was in a remarkably rough situation after just leaving her home and was in desperate need of a place to stay. She had nowhere to go and no room to raise her new baby, Basil. At just the right moment, Eva is introduced to the story as a beacon of hope for Mattie. Eva never once abandons Mattie and lets her and Basil stay in her home free of charge. Regardless of the fights they had over Mattie’s parenting techniques, their age, or their class, the women find a friend in one another and make each other’s lives a little bit brighter.
Going into an unfamiliar situation like living with someone new can be tough, but just as Mattie and Eva overcame their differences, the boy and the new family figured things out. The boy was left all alone after the death of his father, not knowing where to turn, or how to move on. When the boy meets the man and realizes he is one of “the good guys” he cautiously accepts the offer to travel with him and his family. The new family and the boy have an immediate connection due to the fact that they all share a common goal: to survive. The relationship he builds with the new family will be crucial to his survival and perhaps the survival of human kind. And no relationship is more important than one that can possibly save a species.
When Shakespeare wrote “My mistress’ eyes” he probably did not think it would relate to the lives of two African American women in...