Even though the narrator admits to partial responsibility for her part in Emily’s unhappy childhood, at the same time she excuses herself of full responsibility because of environmental and social circumstances. She looks at her daughter's future, fearful that it will be a desolate, miserable existence resulting from a childhood where there was not sufficient money or time for emotional nourishment. Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” introduces a mother-daughter relationship where the mother faces internal conflict regarding her daughter Emily as she narrates her neglect for her daughter, the lack of love the child experiences during her life, and ability to discover comedy during tragic situations, and the cruelty of being a dark little girl in a world that appreciates beauty. Several times throughout Emily’s life she experiences separation from those she cares about. The narrator confesses how she was absent from her daughter’s life during most of Emily’s development.
In her poem “Mothers”, Nikki Giovanni talks about the relationship she have with her mother and the struggles her mother went through. The poet’s implied claim is the importance of mothers and how much they affect our lives today by the good and bad values they teach us. Nikki thought of her mother as a beautiful woman, but she put so much faith and trust in men. Part of her mother’s struggle was waiting for Nikki’s father to come home “she was very deliberately waiting perhaps for my father to come home from his night job “. This struggle Giovanni’s mother taught to her so being educated about that, Giovanni teaches the ethics of being a Good man to her son; so he will grow and become a good man and see the struggle being a bad one can cause women.
In turn this event began to eat at her father’s ability to stay present for his daughters, leaving only Tana to be there for Pearl. Years later, Tana has been given the Cold and Pearl is now left with no one there for her. This character is easy to sympathize with because she has gone through many hardships at a young age, and is left with no family to care for her Next, the author makes it so that the reader can easily sympathize with Tana. This is because Tana is used and attacked by her mother, who was unable to control her temptations. The Cold makes you thirsty for human blood and Tana’s mother manipulated her and appealed to her naivety by saying that she changed and was better.
Another reason that Ellen feels isolated is of lack of communication with others this causes her to break down and eventually run away with the baby to try to get away from the storm "I'm so caged- if I could only break away and run". The character Ellen in the story "The Lamp at Noon" shows that she has feelings of sadness and feelings of isolation throughout the story and these feelings she cannot
The parents Rex and Rose Mary both are unemployed most of the book and can’t provide for their children. In the book, Rex spends the money that he could be using to support his family on alcohol. Also Rose Mary proclaims many of times that he is done being a parent and wants people to take care of her from now on. This shows that Rose Mary is giving up on the children and wants the children to take of her instead. In this case, If parent licenses were implemented by now, Rose Mary would not pass because she shows lack of commitment throughout the book.
Writer, Amy Tan, in her narrative essay, “Mother Tongue,” recounts the struggles of growing up in a “broken” english household. Tan’s purpose is to bring to attention the injustices that are put upon individuals that don’t speak English as their first language. She adopts a reflective tone in order to capture the emotions of her readers. Tan sets the stage of her essay by recalling stories that exemplify how her mother has been put down based on how she spoke. She states: “...her intent, her passion, her imagery, the rhythms of her speech and the nature of her thoughts” (4).
Motherhood Raising a child is not easy especially when a mother is subjected to racial discrimination, poor socioeconomic conditions, daily scrutiny or ethical questions. Two well-known authors, Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, poetically express some of these struggles that surround the theme of motherhood. Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” reveals that this mother (Mother 1) is a caring individual who has to gently remind her son that “Life…ain’t…no crystal stair” (Pg.1254). Life is not going to be easy for the mother or child, but having the gift and opportunity of life is something that many people take for granted. In contrast, Gwendolyn Brooks’ “the mother” exposes the reality and un-motherly act of abortion.
Character Assessment of Dee In the short story “Everyday Use,” written by Alice Walker, Dee is a beautiful young woman who is returning to visit her mother and sister at their run-down country home. Although Dee is both attractive and knowledgeable, her character is extremely unlikeable. From the descriptions that her mother gives of Dee, and the conversations between Dee and her family, it is apparent that she is very critical of others. On top of this criticism, Dee also lacks compassion and empathy towards her mother and younger sister. By observing her relationship with her family, the reader can infer that behind her good looks and sense of style, Dee struggles with entitlement issues and insecurity.
Candy is lonely because of his age, he lost his dog, and his physical disability. Candy’s age is one of the reasons that affect his loneliness, “I ain’t got the poop no more” (20). He said this when the others go to town on Saturday night because he is too old to go out with them, and he thinks he would not fit in. Secondly, after Candy lost his dog he was lonelier, “Candy lay still, staring at the ceiling” (49). When Carlson asked to take Candy’s dog to kill it, Candy would not answer and just lay still and stare at the ceiling because he was sad that he would lose his only friend.
In her neighbourhood, Hoda was considered to be a crackpot and worse in other cases. This can be seen as true, Hoda is a cracked pot; a flawed person; on a long journey to find herself, bringing hope out of ruin, light out of the dark. Hoda’s mother Rahel passed away when Hoda was still a very young girl. Leaving Hoda to find out stuff on her own; stuff a mother should teach her daughter about. LoVerso states in his article that Rahel leaves Hoda with no practical knowledge about life.