The Relationship Between Mothers And Their Children

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The Relationship Between Mothers And Their Children


In Tillie Olsen's short creative writing story I Stand Here Ironing, Ideological State Apparatuses persuade the social standings of equally of the major characters, the Mother and the eldest child Emily.

The mother is hailed as a distinctive housewife. What's added, she is also a solitary mother, and is black. Since of this, her ideology is one of the grassroots. She is a operational class topic, and has been shaped as such. The information that she is certainly "standing here ironing" demonstrate the reader that she is a housewife for the easy reason of proving to the reader that ideologies have been enforced upon her (Joan Lidoff, 1993).

Relationship Between Mother and Children

There is proof in the first paragraph of the story that both the mother and Emily have been influenced by Ideological State Apparatuses, most noticeably the Education Apparatus.

The mother has been identified as a mother figure by the bourgeoisie of the story (the teachers) and assumed to have an understanding of her child. "You think because I am her mother I have a key, or that in some way you could use me as a key?" (Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing, 1961: 50) It is here that the mother also realises and acknowledges that there has been an influence of ideology upon her daughter by the ISAs. "She has lived for nineteen years. There is all life that has happened outside of me, beyond me." (Olsen 1961: 50).

Emily herself is also subject to many ISA's and therefore has her subject formed in a certain way. Initially, she is recognized as being 'diverse' together physically and spiritually. She was explain as "thin...