“…Suffering Produces Perseverance; Perseverance, Character
and Character, Hope…”
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker and “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen both personified a mother with great love and compassion for their children. Although each mother was separated by cultural and social differences the mothers in these stories shared a similar character. Character that can only be found in a mother, and can only be obtained through struggles, hardship and perseverance. Both mothers succeeded through
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any Caesar and not fall short. If the title of this essay holds true, these women hold a character and hope beyond measure.
Walker, Alice. “Everyday Use” Literature: An Introduction to reading and writing. Ed. Edgar B. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc. 1998
Olsen, Tillie. “I Stand Here Ironing” Literature: An Introduction to reading and writing. Ed. Edgar B. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc. 1998