However, at the end of the novel, things do begin to change. Anna stays with her mother near the end of her life and takes care of her. She seems to really love her and tries to help her. This is quite a difference from the bickering going on earlier in the novel. Alyona's relationship with Tima also changes. At the end of the novel, Anna finds the beds empty, a sign that Alyona has left with her children. Alyona finally seems to be taking some responsibility for her children and becomes independent by leaving with them. Although she does not confront her mother or speak out for what she believes, she does show her newfound confidence through her ability to leave a bad situation. The only relationship now strained is between Anna and Alyona. Their similarities make it difficult for them to compromise, but with age, the relationship could improve, as it did with Sima and Anna. There is hope for motherhood yet.
What do you believe Petrushevskaya's view of motherhood is? Why do you think that she focused on mother relationships instead of father relationships? Do you believe that anything really changed in the relationships of the novel as I stated above?