Selfish is defined as looking after one’s own desires, concerned with your own interests, needs and wishes while ignoring those of others (Encarta Dictionary).
Eva expressed some delight in having a child during a moment of reflection, Eva stated,
“Maybe my saying I wanted more “story” was all by way of alluding to the fact that I wanted someone else to love”. Eva also thought about how she would be able to share her travels with her children and how they might ask her questions and she could share stories about different countries.
Eva stated that becoming parents would have to be something that both she and Franklin agreed on, and they would have to make that decision together. It does not seem that she exhibited selfishness. It seems as though Eva struggled with the unseen sacrifices she would have to make as well as her desire to have someone else to love.
In the book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child refers to a study that consisted of 2000 women. The area of study was concentrated on how they felt about their unborn child.
“The results of this study showed women who were looking forward to becoming mothers had children who were healthier on a physical as well as an emotional level than the children of mothers who were not looking forward to the experience. While the prenate does not have an understanding of feelings such as an adult does, the unborn child is able to sense even slight differences in emotions. (Ibid, pg. 18) Sensing and reacting to feelings of doubt and uncertainty as well as stronger emotions such as hate and love is possible and quite probable.”
Another study was done in Austria, by Dr. Gerhard Rottom, University of Salzburg, it consisted of 141 women, there were four categories. The results showed the infants exhibited characteristics, 1.) Catastrophic Mothers, low birth rate and premature birth if the mother had negative attitudes during pregnancy. 2.) Ambivalent Mothers, infants suffered stomach problems and behavioral problems, 3.) Cool Mothers had listless and non energetic babies, 4.) Ideal Mothers babies were happy and healthy, emotionally and physically”
It is possible that Kevin could have been affected by his mother’s emotions, but there is nothing that is concrete to prove it.
Eva’s, attention to Kevin while he was incarcerated seem to be more out of her loss not loyalty. Kevin is all she had left of a life that represented what she valued, loved and found some purpose in. It represented Franklin and her love for him and Celia how she was so different from Kevin. Eva, remarked how much Kevin looked like Franklin, even though she resented Kevin resembling Franklin physically.
In the story Eva knew that Kevin was different, it is possible that she felt some responsibility for Kevin’s actions, but she did not have anyone to validate what she...