The short story I chose is " Mother Holle." The author is the Grimm Brothers. This short story is set in a period where a daily task was to spin wool for clothing. A mother had two daughters, one pretty and industrious, the other ugly and idle. The stepmother reserved all the chores for the beautiful daughter.
This paper analyzes the song “Coat of Many Colors” written by and sung by Dolly Parton. Born on January 19, 1946 the fourth child of 12 to a farmer and a stay at home mother. Given this time period and her father’s profession, her family grew up “dirt poor” (Zahn, ?) on a farm and experienced the struggles faced by countless others during this era. Motivated by an experience in her youth, she wrote a song about when her mother stitched together a coat for her to wear from pieces of rags they had been given and the other kids laughing at her.
The song was written based on a personal experience from her youth when her mother stitched together a coat for her to wear from pieces of rags they had been given. Parton’s purpose is to get her audience to see that “One is only poor, only if they choose to be” (50-51) and that we all rich if we change the way we look at what makes us rich. In this song she is effective in using authority, goodwill and common ground, several categories of ethos, to evoke a connection with her listeners that may have had a similar experience. Parton invented or created her authority in her song in her first verse. With this line “Back to the seasons of my youth” (Parton 3) she is telling her audience that this is a song about an event that happened in her youth.
In Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” is a short story describing how a mother reflects on how she raised her daughter and the challenges they faced while she was ironing some clothes. In “I Stand Here Ironing” Olsen uses setting, imagery, and tone to show the theme of guilt and regret. Tillie Olsen was inspired by Rebecca Harding Davis’s “Life in the Iron Mills” at the age of fifteen. At eighteen she had joined the Young Communist League and was jailed for a month in Kansas City for distributing leaflets, and encouraging packinghouse workers to unionize. “I Stand Here Ironing” was published when she was fifty years old after she had raised four children and worked multiple jobs to help support her family.
Early one morning in August, a teacher was on her way to her sister’s house. She notices a skirt a young woman was wearing that caught her attention. She had deep admiration for this skirt that she was so compelled to have one made. The following day the teacher decided to buy the cloth, after reassuring her caution was unrestrained. She learned of a very, “Fine tailor, one of the last of the master craftsmen who worked alone or with, at most, two employees” (Heath 139), who had made the skirt she admired so much.
Explain the symbolism of knitting in the story. Knitting in The Roman Fever symbolized what the characters thought was reality . According to Genius.com, Grace and Alida “…are actually unraveling the fabric of their lives, picking at the stitches of a shared past.” Grace was first seen knitting in the story, whereas Alida was not, as seen by her “beautifully cared-for hands”; this implies that Grace knew something that will eventually shatter Alida’s ‘perception’ of reality. Alida at that point had no idea that Barbara was actually Delphin’s and Grace’s daughter, and that she “helped” in a way. However, even Alida had a few revelations.
Practically everybody in literature has someone in their world that influences who they are and how they view the world. One of the best examples of a mentor in literature takes place in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In this story, Scout, a young girl growing up in 1960’s Alabama, learns a lot about herself and her world from her father, Atticus, Miss Maudie Atkinson, her neighbor, and her family's housekeeper, Calpurnia. These three people teach Scout about compassion, understanding others, as well as how to compose herself in front of others. These mentors guide Scout through her childhood and teach her valuable lessons about how to live a good life.
“I Stand Here Ironing” is a short story written by Tillie Olsen that focuses on the struggles that come along with having the responsibilities of a working-class mother. Within the story, the narrator and her daughter’s teacher exemplify signs of a complex relationship as the teacher shows concern for Emily’s wellbeing while the narrator disagrees. Throughout the story, there are various examples of unreliable narrator shifts and defensiveness, which are discussed through the stream of consciousness of the narrator. From initially being extremely protective of Emily, to eventually accepting and understanding the teacher’s concern, the relationship between the narrator and the teacher becomes productive in helping the mother learn about the mistakes she made while raising her daughter while also teaching the reader a valuable lesson in parenting. In the beginning of the story, the relationship between the narrator and the teacher appears to be rigid, as Emily’s mother is immediately defensive of her child’s welfare.
“Conjures me? Why, no, sir, I am entirely myself, I think. Let you ask Susanna Walcott – she saw me sewin’ it in Court. Ask Abby, Abby sat beside me when I made it.” [-Mary Warren Act II, Line 846]. Mary tells Hale that when she was in court she sewed the doll she gave Elizabeth, however, Abby was sitting right next to her, so she set to frame Elizabeth even more by stabbing herself with a needle, just like the doll that would’ve been in Proctor’s house by then.