Lady Jones is a multiracial woman in the story. Her black mother was raped by a white slave owner and she is the result of the interaction. This situation took place throughout America during the time of slavery until it was almost considered a norm. Many slaves, like Harriet Jacobs, recall the events, “My master was, to my knowledge, the father of 11 slaves. But did the mothers dare to tell who was the father of their children? Did the other slaves dare to allude to it, except in whispers among themselves? No, indeed! They knew too well the terrible consequences” (Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs). Lady Jones hates herself because of her appearance and worth. She came into the world in a very different way than most people. She is different from society in appearance and is protested against and criticized because of it. However, there is nothing she can do about it other than find a black man to marry so that she betters the lives of her children. Lady Jones thinks very lowly of herself but, never the less, she still tries to look out for her children. She wants them to be open minded and forthcoming. She strives to teach them everything she knows so that they can be empowering and successful themselves and for future generations.
Lady Jones wants her children's lives to be better than her own.
A mother and child form a bond through breastfeeding. It is a beneficial experience for both mother and child. Sethe was robbed of this relationship with her child when two young white boys hold her down and take her milk. This incident impacted Sethe greatly. She considers her milk as one of the most important things in her her life because it was something that she could always give to her children. Sethe's milk was something that connected her to her kids. When this possession was taken from her, though, she loses a large part of herself. Sethe is never able to move on from this event; it takes a psychological toll on her. This trauma is one of the reasons Sethe takes the initiative of killing her children; she thinks that she is saving them from cruelties, like this one, that she had to endure.
Sethe has the pain of losing her mother because of slavery, too. She knows what it feels like to not have a mother in her life. She has gone through so many hardships in her life (rape, whippings, and other abuse) and she wants to keep her children away from it. This makes her develop the need to protect her children.
Sethe thinks that the only way to protect and prevent her children from the atrocities of slavery is to kill them. This is her way of saving them. She loves them too much to knowingly let them live in a world of pain and terror.