Study Guide

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 2, Chapter 5

By Milan Kundera

Part 2, Chapter 5

  • At this point, Tereza's mother was widowed, old, unattractive, and unhappy. She took it out on her daughter, on whom she blamed her whole mess of a life.
  • Tereza soon learned that to be a mother was to make a sacrifice, and to be a daughter was to personify guilt.