Discrimination turn individuals into perpetrator in “Yonnondio” and “Native son”.pdf

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Lorin Fnu English 199: Proletarian Novel Professor, Jim Holston May 13, 2018, 3000 words Discrimination turn individuals into perpetrator in “Yonnondio” and “Native son” Yonnondio ‘From the thirties” written by Tillie Olsen is an unfinished proletarian novel which set in the pre-depression era. The author mainly focuses on the scarcity of the working class. Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio emphasizes above everything else the patriarchal oppression of women through violence and exploited labor. But there’s also another most important topic the author introduces in Chapter two and chapter eight is gender discrimination through domestic violence and Domestic labor. This type of gender discrimination in society also influences the children’s mentality. In the Novel, The author highlighted Anna as a Victim of Domestic violence and domestic labor. Since the beginning, Anna had gone through a lot of physical and mental abuses. The author also emphasizes that because of Anna’s mental abuses, Anna mentally breaks down and started to lash out at the children. In the middle of chapter 5, Olsen shows how Anna is paralyzed by weariness and deprivation. Anna just gave up on everything even on her children and she’s going further and further from reality not just because of the physical abuses but also mental retardation. Anna passes many times sitting senselessly. Jim told Anna “ Don’t you pay no attention to these kids? You do something right away about Ben’s Finger… she put on the water to heat. Poured Purex into the glass, but after she’s mixed the boiling water ( pain’s hand in hers, and all else fled) she forgot that hot was hot and plunged Ben’s finger in”.( page 106)
In this Scenario, The author emphasizes that Anna become so mentally exhausted that she didn’t even notice when she plunges Ben’s finger into the hot water. Through this Passage, The author also put the focuses on Jim. How he put pressure on Anna to do everything right not even caring about her health. Anna becomes so sick that every time she tries to stand up, she is on the verge of fainting. Ben has to take care of himself and also Jimmie, who is just a toddler. This example connected with the mother from “ I stand here Ironing”. In “ I stand here ironing” the narrator states that when Emily was eight months old, the narrator was forced to leave her in the care of the neighbor. Between Anna and the narrator, one of the comparisons is that even Anna tried to take care of her children, she was unable because of her physical and mental illness caused by Jim’s domestic violence. On another hand, the narrator from “ Here I stand ironing” she was also unable to take care of Emily because Emily’s father had left unexpectedly and the narrator had to work to provide for her family. Even though Anna and the mother from “ Here I stand ironing” both suffer from Domestic labor and struggles with poverty.

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