She definitely experiences a “stressful growth” (Frye 288).
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.
“‘She did not clutch and implore “don’t go Mommy” like the other children’” (Olsen 291).
She prefers to stay at home but even while trying to convince her mother to let her stay, she does it subtly, “‘Never a direct protest, never rebellion’” (Olsen 292). Her mother is worried and wonders, “What in me demanded that goodness in her?
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.
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.
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.