This article employs New Historicism to analyze F. Odun Balogun's short story "Mother and Son," exploring its reflection of social, political, and cultural dynamics. By examining the story through a New Historicism lens, this analysis sheds light on the complexities of navigating a rapidly changing society while acknowledging the enduring racial barriers faced by the narrator.

The essay was created in response to an assignment prompt that asked students to choose a literary theory and apply it to a story in order to argue for the story's meaning.