I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen /critical review/
In this story the main character is a mother who is thinking about her eldest girl who named Emily. The mother who is from middle class left to work and take care of her children. Because of Emily’s father had died when she was one she had to work and give her a less care and now she’s sorrow about it. There were so many reasons that she couldn’t care about her such as she was only nineteen when she was born and her poverty. Eventually she had forced to leave her with her father’s family until she reaches 2 years. Then the mother left her at nursery school. After all the mother gave a birth and Emily had a sister named Susan. Like this, Emily couldn’t catch her attention at all and the mother thinking all about her past when she is ironing the girl’s dress. Because of carelessness Emily never liked school, liked pets. Now the mother knows how her girl is valuable and how she loves her.
2. What the writer want to say with this story?
The main thing that the writer wants to say with this story is how important the babies are. The babies are the adults able to do all the creations big things in their life. By giving less care to Emily, she became lonely, close person. Bringing up the child is important because parents are giving their character and personality.
3. The time when the story written what was the political situation? It is individual story but includes economical situation, education system, political view. It is written in 1961 narrating 1930’s America life. The poor economic conditions and also the rigid social norms caused that both fathers and mothers felt a separate. Traditional gender roles were fathers had to earn money and supply their family and mothers were had to care their husband and children. It was her responsibility upon women like Emily’s mother that, even in a time of socioeconomic distress and political turmoil, the failings of their children were entirely their responsibility.