Love And Acceptance
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Love and Acceptance
Tillie Olsenís I Stand Here Ironing, and Alice Walkerís Everyday Use, both address the issue of a motherís guilt over how her children turn out. Both mothers blamed themselves for their daughterís problems. While I Stand Here Ironing is obviously about the mousy daughter, in Everyday Use this is camouflaged by the fact most of the action and dialog involves the mother and older sister Dee. Neither does the mother in Everyday Use say outright that she feels guilty, but we catch a glimpse of it when Dee is trying very hard to claim the handmade quilts. The mother says she did something she had never done before, "hugged Maggie to me," then took the quilts from Dee and gave them to Maggie. In I Stand Here Ironing the mother tells us she feels guilty for the way her daughter Emily is, for the things she (the mother) did and did not do. The motherís neighbor even tells her she should "smile at Emily more when you look at her." Again towards the end ...
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