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.
Polly, herself, was to work for Percival in order to repay her indenture over a long period of fourteen years and learn the ways of the rich. However, once they arrive at Derbyshire Farms, Polly is told to teach Amari proper English, manners, and work techniques. This is a task Polly was not expecting, and she despised the idea of working with the slaves instead of upper-class people. However, she did what she was told, hoping if she does this correctly, she could be given the opportunity of her dreams. Shortly after their arrival, Polly and Amari meet Teenie, the plantation cook, and her son Tidbit.
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 society, women have expectations put upon them when it comes to their duties and responsibilities at home. Women are expected to be the caregivers in their families; therefore some women feel and have chosen to put their dreams and aspirations aside to fulfill the role society has placed upon them. Eveline gives up her lover, a chance to leave Dublin, freedom from caring for her family and most importantly her potential happiness in order to keep her mother’s dying request. For Eveline to make this decision, she tricks herself into remembering the happier times she had when she was younger despite the truth of having an abusive father. By using the psychological and gender strategies to summarize “Eveline” written by James Joyce, we can analyze how Eveline suffers from mental paralysis from not wanting to leave behind a home she knows because as a woman she bears the responsibility of making sure everyone is good with the exception of her.
Katherine Holitik Ms. Smith English I December 10, 2015 Esperanza Rising Approach Paper Summary Paragraph Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan shows the story of a young girl who had to become a woman when faced with challenges that changed her as a person for better or worse. Esperanza, the main character of the story, was born and raised in a wealthy family in Mexico around the end of the Mexican Revolution. She was a pampered child with little to no stress on her mind besides what silk dress she would wear or picking minor details of her birthday party. When her Papa is killed by a group of bandits, her uncle takes over his land and persists that her Mama marries him. Esperanza and her mother, along with a few loyal servants, decide to make a dangerous choice and flee the country for America.
Women started to take on a lot more traditional roles and worked housing the children and tending to farms. Furthermore women were expected to help men with hard labor tasks.Women were usually responsible for cooking; spinning; weaving; sewing; making soap, candles, and baskets; cleaning; caring for children; acting as the family physician; and tending to chickens, geese, ducks, or other animals raised for food. Being a colonial women her husband, father, and son owned her throughout life. When a woman decides to marry she gives up her land that was previously owned and the husband may sell if he wishes as if it is his property. Although a married women could not buy property a husband had to ask for assurance that he can buy the property before she undergoes with a property in her name as well.
Manjushree Thapa tells Suma’s story of bonded labor which is known as Kamuiya. Kamuiya is a form of forced labor and bondsmen system that existed since 17th century. Suma was sent to work for her first master by her parents when she was only six years in order for her to have a place to live and food to eat. In her third master’s place she was able to read and write and with the help of young women villagers she was able to come out of years of slavery. She now works for girls like her to get educated.
Her book “Little Women” follows the adolescence of the girls into adulthood, captures their private domestic experience concretely, dramatizes their creative play, and explores their struggles to become artists, good sisters, as well as happy wives. While it can seem to be a simple story, the novel centers on many social struggles of the time, the main one being the conflict between two emphases in a young woman’s life: that which she places on herself, and that which she places on her family. We see that there is a great emphasis on domestic duties and family detracts from various women’s abilities to attend to their own personal growth. An example of this would be Jo’s case, that has difficulties in being both a professional artist and a dutiful woman, pushing the boundaries set by nineteenth century American society. In the novel, Through the four different sisters, Louisa Alcott explores four possible ways to deal with being a women bound by the constraints of the century’s social expectations: marry young and create a new family, as Meg did; be subservient and dutiful to one’s parents, as Beth did; focus on one’s art, pleasure, and person, as Amy did at first; or struggle to live both a dutiful family and a good professional life of your own, as Jo did.
A woman who is today one of the most influential and inspiring women of the modern age, while she is all these things and more, not many know of her tragic past. She was born into poverty and had to live her early life with her maternal grandmother, she was so poor that Oprah would have to wear clothes made from potato sacks and she was then made fun of on multiple occasions because of it. When she was six years old she moved in with her biological mother who was more abusive and less supportive than that of her grandmother. This was short lived because in the time Oprah had been gone with her grandmother, the mother had another kid thus making it hard for the mom to raise two kids so in order to deal with it she sent Oprah to live with her biological father. And while under the custody of her father she was molested by her cousin and uncle, she ended up being pregnant at the age of 14 but the child she would birth died due to premature birth.
Her mother does not understand Nisha very much. The main distress of sona is Nisha’s marriage Nisha always protests her mother. For instance, she says “Masi says there is always time to learn cooking, but only one time to study.” The girl always tries to protect herself and her aunt. This clash between Nisha and Sona is a clash between tradition and modernity. The mother wants her daughter to be deep-rooted in the tradition that would make her life worth living.