Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

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Mrs. Frick, or “Mutter” Character Analysis

Alfred’s mother. She never appears in the novel, and is instead present only in her letter to Alfred and in his memories of her. Unlike Alfred’s father, she was more sympathetic and caring towards her son. She takes solace in his physical and military failures, because for many years they kept him out of the military and out of harm’s way.
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Mrs. Frick, or “Mutter” Character Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Frick, or “Mutter” appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
17. Alfred
Storytelling and Fantasy  Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
...to the real world, where he has yet to write a letter home to his Mutter. He beings to read his copy of Mein Kampf. (full context)
70. Alfred
Storytelling and Fantasy  Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
...she is worried because he has not written her anything. Hannelore’s house is empty, and Mutter suspects Alfred always liked Hannelore. She wonders if he has some secret related to her,... (full context)
117. Florian
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
...recruit because he was generally untalented, a fact that disappointed his father but relieved his Mutter. (full context)
Agency, Willpower, and Fate Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
Florian asks Alfred if his Mutter loved the Hitler. Defensively, Alfred points out “We all love the Führer […] as the... (full context)