For starters, various illnesses tremendously affect Emily’s physique which makes her look different compared to other little girls.
Emily had to struggle a whole lot on her short life, but at the end she proved to be a very strong child.
Tillie Olsen's characterization of Emily shows a strong female protagonist who overcomes numerous odds: loneliness, humbleness, vulnerability, and her disability.
Another consequence derived from being constantly sick is that she looks fragile, “Skeleton thin” (Olsen 292).
Unfortunately, she is full aware of not fulfilling the stereotype of a girl her age and she does not like it, Olsen’s narrator clearly states: She fretted about her appearance, thin and dark and foreign-looking at a time when every little girl was supposed to look or thought she should look a chubby blonde replica of Shirley Temple.
An unnamed person has brought attention and concern to her mother expressing, “‘She’s a youngster who needs help and whom I’m deeply interested in helping’” (Olsen 290).
Emily is a nineteen-year-old complex girl who is atypical, both physically and in personality. She is the first-born of a young mother and the eldest of five brothers and sisters.
The narrator, Emily’s mother, is insistent that she could not possibility total it all (389), but attempts to do just that in describing the fragmented years that have favored the youngerchildren.
When we discover that the mother only smiled at the younger children, we maythink that the mother didn't like Emily. When we see that Emily does many of her mother's chores, we may presume that mother is a harsh task-master.
Poor Growing up The oppression of women by society has never been a secret.
Many times it has been documented in works of literature, and one classical example of this occurrence is "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen.