I Stand Here Ironing By Tillie Olsen Essay

1136 Words Oct 4th, 2016 5 Pages
What does it mean to be a single middle class mother in America in the 1950 And how that effect the bond between the family members? Olsen answered this question in her magnificent story I stand here ironing .is a short story by Tillie Olsen. It was published in her short story collection Tell Me a Riddle in 1961. This simple yet complicated story tells us the struggle of a single mother in the 1950 and what she had to go throws to support her baby. the story starts with the narrator ironing and thinking about a way to help her 18 years old daughter. The narrator goes back in time 19 years when she gave a birth to her beautiful baby. unfortunately, the narrator family didn’t last, when the baby was 8months old, the father left Emily and her mom to survive by their self’s, the mother had to work to provide for her baby but the baby wants her mom near her. The narrator then finds another spouse, and she makes another baby, which caused Emily to get jealous. Emily then started to act differently, not eating her food, not sleeping very well, which caused her to get sick and lost weight. Emily get taking away from her mom because she can’t financially provide for her. The narrator then makes money and gets Emily home again. in this full of emotions but the main aspect of this story is the struggle of the middle class to earn living, and giving up on their loved thinks to survive. Olsen first point was the struggle of the middle class in the 1950 where rich got richer by…

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