Ideally, “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is such a unique work and presents critical aspects of fusion motherhood. That realizes through the expression of experience as well as metaphor. The depiction of motherhood as striped of romantic distortion as well as the ability to fight with powers related to the genuine metaphorical insight of critical aspects related to selfhood in the contemporary society makes it stand out. Life is cruel, and the phrase survival for the fitness mostly apply. As a consequence, the story makes a proper correlation with the ups and downs as well as back and forth processes that people encounter to ensure the success of their life. What does that success look like is still a question to consider. Imagine if a motorist is driving home at night with the headlight on. The driver is not likely to have a clear view of the entire journey, but with the limited space that is lightened in front, there is the possibility of covering the whole trip. That’s what success means in a nutshell. The journey is never easy in most cases since uncertainties can arise from either side. The most critical aspect of moving and reaching the destination.
The story places much focus on the beauty as well as blessings that stand amidst the difficult times in the life. Mothers find it hard bringing up children with the number of challenges present in the society. The only source of strength that such women bank on is keeping hope alive. The use of ironing presents some of the levels of the drug, and that is useful in the lives of such women. Such a drug keep the mother calm as well as sedate.
The initial stages of the story seem simple and depict a greater sense of meditation in which a mother tries all the best in reconstructing the daughter’s experience (Rubin 15). Ideally, that occurs to try and relate the instance to the presence. The beginning of the story also presents a greater extent of pretense, and that takes the form of a silent dialogue. Moreover, there is the existence of a mental occupation that denotes critical aspects of ironing. In the process, it is possible to have a broader view of the mother’s thought processes on the execution of various household duties. The mother managed to stand in a specific location, and any question asked managed to move her back and forth regarding the iron. Hence, the use of the metaphor makes it possible to have abrader understanding of the play. The level depictions make it possible to understand the experiences of Emily and the mother and such an application in the contemporary society is evident.
The reality that mothers pass through in the contemporary society as well as articulate in the story and most readers get a more profound sense of connection. The past mostly affects the lives of individuals and detaching from it remains such an uphill task. Even though such history is crucial in contrasting the present and future, it is imperative to deconstruct from them and be mindful of improving productivity (Christian-Smith 50). Emily stands as a double narrator in the story. At one instance, the mother tries to illustrate the fears for parenthood using Emily’s case. On the other side, Emily faces some challenges due to the environment when she was brought up.
Being from a humble background, it was indeed hard to meet the basic needs. According to literature, the existence of a double in any fiction denotes the existence of one character who serves as a twin and represents the other in the story. In most instance, the character is the protagonist and will present either similar or divergent characteristics on the theme of the play. That is the same case with Emily in the story. It is evident that Emily and the mother experienced the same life when they were nineteen as well as now that they are all mothers. The great depression experienced in their lives affected them and that what made their personality. Ideally, personality is a component of experience and knowledge. The most important aspect that most people find hard is to detach from such experiences and approach life the way it is at present. That makes it possible to become rational and make the best decision, which impacts positively on life.
In conclusion, every person must confront the challenges in life. That is the same way Emily and mother experienced life. It was apparent that the duo managed to get something out of their lives. In the end, they managed to live a fulfilling life despite the challenges. Life needs support from others since an individual can’t make it alone. The characters failed to embrace the same, and that is the reason for the challenges that they faced in their lives. The existence of the generation mirror is something to understand to have a positive impact. The society will always set stands. However, it is imperative to connect with the heart and execute any plan with passion. That is the surest way to achieve success and remain relevant in any space.
Christian-Smith, Linda K. “In Different Voices: Morality and Femininity in Literature.” (1990): 41-462.
Rubin, Lois. “America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Writers.” (1998): 9-160.