An Analysis Of Tillie Olsen's I Stand Here Ironing

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Some stories can affect people emotionally, spiritually and internally, but once in a while a story can call a person to escape to it. Where you find yourself compelled to read it over and over again, where you find significant meaning behind every word. Where you find relatable resources that overpower your sense of meaning. Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen is a powerful and unforgettable representation of the struggles of the working class, and how gender roles portray the differences in the life of poverty as well as a family unit. In Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie, presents us with an array of several short stories, all in which depict Tillie’s relationship to the Midwest, her point of views on the role of motherhood and her Jewish…show more content…
During this time period gender roles where very enforced, having men be the provider and protector and the women being the nurturer. But I Stand Here Ironing, brings a new meaning to the times and how many women broke social norms, in order to maintain ultimate survival. Breaking multiple barriers, in a time where women had no rights, other than to simply be a “mother”, Tillie expresses her influences on the life she had dealt with in the early 1930’s, where she too was a victim of the undeniable depression, and her fight to become more, and break free of the social norms in which society had placed during that time. Tillies overall writing masterpiece helped a movement in 1960s, the feminist literary movement, which helped many females who also struggled to maintain an almost “unrealistic life”, give them a new-found belief on their own self-identity, where they too can put forth their unfinished hopes and aspirations. As we look at the times in which we live in today, things have changed drastically, where women are entitled to more than they ever were. We still fight with certain stereotypes that our past has made unforgettable, or rather we will never be able to change. The significance of the cultural and historical aspects of literature, give a deeper meaning behind a time that we bare to witness. It gives us insight on the life, we never lived, and how
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