Leo’s Distance but Caring relationship with His MotherIn the early 1900s, growing up without a father could have been challenging for any childand the single parent as it is in some present day societies. When the single parent is a mother, itis highly challenging to raise that child. It requires a lot of work, patience, understanding,compassion and money. In Bachmann’s “The Barking”, the author focused on the relationshipbetween Professor Leo and his old mother - Old Frau Jordan. Their relationship proves to bechallenging at times. They both have flaws, virtues and troubling past that overshadows theirpresent lives: “she often hesitated to talk about Leo’s childhood” (Bachmann 2341). AlthoughLeo is busy with his life and work, he managed to have a good relationship with his mother andbe involved in her life. In every aspect he is there for his mother, and his mother realized that,“Leo is just such a good son!” (Bachmann 2337) She is grateful that her son is there for her,takes care of her and helps her in her old age.For Leo, growing up without a father was extremely difficult too. He grew up differently,as a “complicated child, a strange boy” (Bachmann 2338). Leo’s behavior is easilyunderstandable with a comprehension of the attachment theory. One of the patterns of attachmentis the anxious resistant insecure attachment or ambivalent attachment whereby the child is a poorexplorer in a strange situation and is regularly wary when around strangers (Perlmutter 113).This pattern of attachment is associated with children who are normally brought up in singleparent families. A child depicting this pattern of attachment sees social situations as strange andhis behavior chows clear disparity from that of other children. This form of behavior is eminentin Leo. The boy knew he was different and began to rebel. The author does not clearly state whatexactly happened in his past and contributed to his difficult childhood, but it can be speculated.
His mother recalled an incident where Leo stole ten schillings, and when confronted he lied toher about it (Bachmann 2347). According to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, the mind comprises of three entities namelyid, ego and superego. The id entity consists of biological drives (instincts) namely Thanatos andEros (McLeod 1). Eros, which Freud referred to as life instincts, are responsible for helping aperson to survive as it guides life-sustaining activities. Eros highly applies to the life of Leo invarious ways. Due to the difficult times he was going through as a young boy and his will to help