mother to son tackk
the theme is that life will not always be great but you have to keep going
she says to the son "life for me ain't been no crystal stair" and also say "so boy dont turn your back"
this story is figurative
in the end she tells her so again "life for me ain't been no crystal stair"saying that her life hasn't been all up's there have been up's and downs but she keep going and that is what she is trying to tell her son that the world will throw you around but you have to pick yourself up and walk on