Word count 385 Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” is a Mother’s story of circumstance and regret. In the story the mother retells of her hardships and sacrifice that her family had to endure as a result of the economic climate during the 1930’s. To overcome this adversity Olsen must sacrifice the relationship and well being of her oldest daughter in order to make ends meet and provide for the rest of her family. The main character in the story is the Mother. The Mother is a static character who remains unchanged throughout the story.
The images in both of these literary works show a fear of being graded and judged. In Marks the speaker’s attitude in one of unresponsiveness, this is made obvious by the images she uses to compare her family’s regard for her motherly duties to school grades. “My husband gives me an A for last night’s supper, an incomplete for my ironing, a B plus in bed” My son says I am average” (Pastan 1-5). There is no emotion used in theses lines. Notice that her grades are good.
I believe that Brady is sarcastically describing the ideal wife every man dreams of. Brady is a wife herself, and in her essay she wishes she had a wife that she described. Brady brings out all the different roles of the American housewife. “Homeless” by Anna Quindlen the passage starts out with the author Anna Quindlen doing a story on homeless people. She finds a homeless person named Ann and confronts her about her being homeless.
I believe she thinks that a child’s need for love and attention can be replaced with gifts. Paul craves his mother’s true affection; he thinks he can gain this by being a source of money for her, which is her only true passion. When Paul gets sick, Hester is worried but she doesn’t really show any emotion for him. “His mother sat, feeling her heart had gone, turned actually into a stone”(). The house is a symbol that seems fairly apparent.
Hughes writes from the standpoint of a loving mother who has gone through her fair share of hardships in her life, but has never stopped and given up. She instructs her son that he must always stay optimistic despite the adversity that might come his way in life, and that he is not the only one that has to go through these tough situations. One can infer that she is most likely talking about racism, segregation, and public scrutiny. The main theme used throughout “Mother to Son” is an extended metaphor. In the beginning of the poem, the mother says, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” The mother is comparing her life to an endless staircase to which she has been climbing her whole life.
Jing-mei doesn’t want to change herself just to make her mother happy. “why don’t you like the way iam”(103)Tan understands that jing mei is feed up by her mother telling her what to do and trying to change her. Jimg-mei disrespects her and doesn’t care how her mother feels. She also understands that jing-mei is trying to tell her mom that she can’t be a prodigy. When she tells her reflection in the mirror one night that she will not allow her mother to change her, that she will not try to be what she is not, she will show mother in a strong but negative manner.
She has taught me how to be a wonderful wife and mother when that time comes. Emily did not have this experience. She had a sad sorrow filled life that no girl should ever have to live through. “I Stand Here Ironing have many different kinds of arguments.
Keep on Living For my writing prompt, I chose to read “Mother to Son” and “Theme for English B” both of which written by Langston Hughes. The poem, “Mother to Son,” was written from a mother’s point of view. This mother writes to her son, telling him that no matter how hard life gets, never give up. She speaks of how life was hard for her at times, but she kept going, as should he. The poem ends with the mother reminding her son that life will not be a perfect and balanced process.
After being suffocated by the images of this absolute world, Mrs. Breedlove strives to acquire the white’s life style. While in her employer’s house, Mrs. Breedlove role plays as the household’s main woman because this is the closest she will get to living this fairytale life. Mrs. Breedlove also shows how little she values her family by “neglect[ing] her house, her children, her man” (127). She demonstrates the strain in her mother-daughter relationship with Pecola by allowing the little white girl she looks after call her Polly. Pecola does not address her mother in this casual manner.
Jing-mei tries to stay obedient to her mother for as long as she can but when it finally came down to it, she just did not want the same things in life as her mother did. It may have hurt her mother’s feeling but it is ultimately what had to be done in order to make herself happy. even though it may have been done for the wrong reason’s this story still teaches a very good life lesson and that is to not ever give up to get where you want to be in life. You should never stop following your dreams