Motherhood In Anne Tyler's Argumentative Essay

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In the second half of the 1900s, the United States slowly camouflaged to a more gender-unified society. With that notion, women were desperate to reinforce their equalities and prove their capabilities. Therefore, the issuing dates of the two publications, Silences by Tillie Olsen and Still Just writing by Anne Tyler, effect the significance of the plots immensely. Thus, since the ultimate female task throughout generations was the bearing and rearing of offspring accompanied by mundane household chores, the introduction of corporate positions and professions appealed tremendously to the typical housewife. Yet, the juggling of the two roles of mother and career proved to be challenging for many. As seen in the articles, both Olsen and Tyler…show more content…
Both woman tried to advance at the peak of motherhood while tending to a family of children. However, Tillie Olsen viewed motherhood as a hindrance to her success. She allowed herself to indulge in self-pity, at times seeming regretful to her parenting position. Although she never swayed from her mothering duties, an image of depression marks her character and a jealousy towards the male class is portrayed, as she relates in her story: "But where it is forced because of the circumstances for the sex into which one is born – a choice men of the same class do not have to make in order to do their work." In contrast, Anne Tyler, while assuming the identical role of a mother with similar obstacles in her career advancement, accepted her destiny and embraced it with love and a sense of fulfillment, as quoted in her essay: "They may have slowed down my writing for a while... after all who else do you have to love, no matter what?" Indeed, people may have similar goals with identical obstacles obstructing their paths, the disposition one assumes while attempting to advance will enhance the final
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