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Effects of poverty on the family life

Our lives consist of series of events. They influence not only our behaving and our life but also the life of our family members and their feats. Our behaviour is rotted to the circumstances that appear in our lives. There are always several possible ways how to deal with the situation.Also our family responds to our selection. All the aspects affect them too. But there is again a time for them to choose how to face it. And again their acting has the same force on the others. Life can really be a wicked circle. Tillie Olsen is drafting similar problem in her short story. In "I Stand Here Ironing" not much happens: the narrator irons some dresses and exchanges a few words with her daughter. But the real action is internal. Besides many other themes the author also illustrates how the poverty influences and changes the individual lives within one family.
To start with the head of the family we have to refer to the biological father. He isn’t mentioned in the story more than one time. But out of this one sentence we can learn quite enough. In those times, man was the one earning the money. He was the one feeding the family. He was the one clothing it. Besides the fact he usually wasn’t at home often, he had very important place in it. He brought the money for surviving. The father of the family in this short story "could no longer endure" (he wrote in his good-bye note) "sharing want with us." That suggests that he loves his family but he isn’t strong enough to bear the burden of poverty. He has to choose between to things. First one is to stay with the family and look into the wanting eyes with the self-reproach or he can choose the second one, which means to leave his loving wife and daughter. Under the pressure of shortness of money and his family’s need he decides to go the second way. Moreover the fact he left a good-bye note signifies that it wasn’t easy for him to leave them. He is just not strong …