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What is the theme in "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen?

In the short story by Olsen, "I Stand Here Ironing," one of the themes is a mother's regret. As the mother stands at her ironing board pressing a dress, she recounts the childhood of her eldest...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 2:39 pm UTC

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In "I Stand Here Ironing," why is the point of view important in understanding the story? Also I don't understand the...

Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing" is told as an interior monologue held by the mother who has been contacted by school officials about her daugther. The monologue of the narrator/mother...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010 6:44 pm UTC

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What does “I stand here ironing, and what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron” mean to the rest...

The opening line of Tillie Olsen's short story, "I Stand Here Ironing," is a metaphor for the ambivalence of the mother about her skills as a parent and about the future of her oldest daughter when...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010 2:08 am UTC

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What are the conflict, setting and turning point in the story "I Stand Here Ironing"?

Conflict can be subdivided into two major categories: internal and external. "I Stand Here Ironing" contains both, but the main conflict is internal. The narrator is struggling with herself. She is...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 11:09 pm UTC

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What does the last line of the story mean/symbolize?

In the last line of the story, the narrator hopes that her daughter, Emily, whom she fears has suffered as a result of her weak parenting skills, will know "that she is more than this dress on the...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2007 3:34 am UTC

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What does the “iron” represent in Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing"?

I think it is towards the close of the story that we get the surprising, full import of the relationship between the mother, the daughter, and the iron in Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing”...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 10:16 am UTC

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In a well-developed paragraph, discuss how you think the story would have been different if the author had told it...

In "I Stand Here Ironing," our unnamed narrator is thinking to herself about a meeting to talk about her daughter, Emily. Throughout the course of the text, the mom thinks about the difficult...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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What are the symbols present in "I stand Here Ironing" ? How do these symbols help communicate the meaning of the...

One key principle in this monologue is the powerlessness the narrator feels over daughter. There is a pervasive feeling of disappointment in this relationship despite the narrator's best efforts...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2010 11:20 pm UTC

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Does Emily's mother feel she failed her in "I Stand Here Ironing"? Why or why not?

In Tillie Olsen’s story, the narrator’s main emotions regarding her daughter, Emily, are acceptance and guilt. She he knows that she did her best raising Emily in difficult circumstances, as the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 4:47 am UTC

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How does the mother feel about her parenting skills with her daughter Emily in "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen?

Tillie Olsen writes about a mother who has made many mistakes in raising one of her children. The story “I Stand Here Ironing” brings to the reader an unnamed narrator who has been burdened by...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013 1:54 am UTC

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Do you think Emily’s mother in “I Stand Here Ironing” is a reliable narrator?

Based on the information that Tillie Olsen provides, a case can be made to consider the narrator of “I Stand Here Ironing” reliable or unreliable. Because the mother is a first-person narrator,...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 4:47 am UTC

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Did Emily's mother love her other children more than she loved Emily? explain - (quote specific lines from the story...

In "I Stand Here Ironing," the narrator (Emily's mother) does not love her other children more, however, she is alone when Emily is a baby because Emily's father left them before Emily was a year...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010 12:35 pm UTC

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What is the central idea and purpose in "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen?

The central idea of "I Stand Here Ironing" is the fragility of the mother-daughter relationship within the context of single motherhood. The narrator highlights the central idea through a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 6:16 pm UTC

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The theme of Guilt/Regret is introduced in "I Stand Here Ironing" from the main charcter and her life events. It...

Perhaps, one reason for the intensity and importance of the guilt that the mother feels in the story can be seen in its closing. It becomes clear that the mother understands that she has missed a...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2013 4:54 pm UTC

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What was Emily seeking from her mother in "I Stand Here Ironing"? What did Emily's mother fail to provide her?

Emily's mother failed, through no fault of her own, to provide Emily with the bonding, attention, and support babies and children need. They were separated for long periods of time, and Emily...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2010 9:23 am UTC

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To what extent is Emily's mother a "good" mother in Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing"?

In "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen, the mother of Emily, who loves her daughter, delights in remembering what a beautiful baby she was and how Emily loved motion, light, color, music, and...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010 12:25 pm UTC

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Can you identify one sentence about themes/morals that relates to Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironin"?

And when is there time to remember, to sift, to weigh, to estimate, to total? I will start and there will be an interruption and I will have to gather it all together again. Or I will become...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2009 11:56 am UTC

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How many literary elements are present in "I Stand Here Ironing"?

You might want to focus particularly on the way in which Olsen uses imagery to express the thoughts of the typical mother who is run ragged and absolutely exhausted. In particular, a stylistic...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2011 6:29 pm UTC

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Why is only Emily's relationship with her sister Susan discussed in "I Stand Here Ironing?" Why wasn't her...

I believe the Emily's relationship with her sister Susan is the only one discussed in the story because it is the one most significant to her. The narrator, Emily and Susan's mother, says that,...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2010 1:49 am UTC

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Comment on the mother-daughter relationship in "I Stand Here Ironing." 

The relationship of the speaker of this monologue with her daughter is one that is characterised by past hurts and regret. In particular, it is clear that the speaker feels real guilt about the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 5:54 am UTC

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What was the setting? how did it set the mood?

The literal setting is in a simple room with a woman ironing. This act sets the mood of helplessness. No matter how many times a person irons an article of clothing, the next time it is washed...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2007 3:41 am UTC

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Analyze the tonal shifts in the story. Use evidence from the short story to prove. Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing"

Tone, which is an integral part of a narrative, is produced by the writer's diction as well as stylistic choices concerning syntax, line or sentence length, imagery, and other figurative language....

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011 3:19 pm UTC

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The quote “I stand here ironing, and what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron” where it falls...

The context of this quote in the story is that Emily's mother, who is home ironing, receives a call from someone--perhaps a school administrator: principal, guidance counselor or social...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2010 5:25 am UTC

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How does "I Stand Here Ironing" relate to conflict?

The conflict that is evidenced in this powerful monologue takes the form of both internal and external, as the mother battles with her own sense of internal guilt concerning the decisions that she...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013 5:50 am UTC

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What is the theme and summary for "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen?  

As the narrator, the mother in the story “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is ask by someone to discuss her daughter Emily and ways that she can be helped. The mother then reflects on the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012 12:28 am UTC

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Why did Emily reject her mother's love when she returned from the convalescent home in "I Stand Here Ironing?"

By the time Emily returned from the convalescent home, she had been traumatized by years of instability and insufficient nurturing. Her mother had had her as a teenager, and although she had tried...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2010 1:32 am UTC

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The monologue in Tillie Olson's "I Stand Here Ironing" seems to have been prompted by...?

The monologue in "I Stand Here Ironing" seems to have been prompted by a telephone call from Emily's college counselor, part of which is quoted in the second paragraph. "I wish you would manage...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2015 10:36 pm UTC

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What is the thematic role of the setting in "I Stand Here Ironing"? Please support using quotes/historical...

One theme that conveys itself, in part, through setting is the theme of deprivation. The historical time period here is the Great Depression and the years of WWII. The Depression is a time of...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 1:27 pm UTC

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Ecnomic and societal issues Emily's mother faced in "I Stand Here Ironing" I am trying to gather as many of these...

At the time of the setting of "I Stand Here Ironing," divorce was not common, nor was the abandonment of a father from his family. So, when Emily's mother is separated from her husband she feels...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 4:28 pm UTC

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How are the relationships similar and different in Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” and Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds."

Both short stories—“I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen, published in 1961, and “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, published in 1989—discuss a mother-daughter relationship, and in the description of these...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 6:52 pm UTC

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What are the characteristic of Emily's mother in Tillie Olsen's short story "I Stand Here Ironing"?

Emily's mother, the narrator, is a woman who has many regrets. She is loving and well-meaning, but guilt-ridden at the ways she feels she failed her oldest daughter Emily in her raising, and angry...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2008 3:45 pm UTC

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How might you explain Emily's gift for comedy? Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing"

It is a well-known fact that many great comedians suffer from depression, and comedy is their way of discharging this emotion and fighting back at this darkness of the soul. It seems that this may...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 8:00 am UTC

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What are some symbols of the iron in the story , I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen?

In I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen, the mother is trying to explain or understand the reasons why she and Emily have the unsatisfactory relationship they have and why Emily is the way she is....

Latest answer posted October 1, 2013 5:34 am UTC

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What does ironing symbolize in the short story, "I Stand Here Ironing"?  

"I Stand Here Ironing" is a short story written by Tillie Olsen. The narrator of the story explores the role her imperfect mothering may have had on her teenaged daughter, Emily. The narrator is...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2011 2:50 am UTC

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What is the rising action and climax of "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen?

Rising action is defined as the events that develop from the conflict of a story--beginning with the action that incites the conflict--and lead to the climax. The climax is defined as that point in...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 3:58 am UTC

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Who should take the blame for Emily’s childhood unhappiness? "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen

In Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing," the mother's internal monologue indicates her guilt over her neglect of Emily while she was forced to work and care for her other children. In fact these...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2010 7:30 am UTC

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In "I Stand Here Ironing," discuss whether or not the mother should feel guilty for Emily's upbringing.

In the short story "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen, the mother of a 19-year-old young woman named Emily has been approached by a teacher or counselor to discuss her daughter. As she irons,...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 6:21 pm UTC

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Why does the narrator say that Emily is "a child of her age, of depression, of war, of fear?" Emily is a...

Emily was born during the depression, and the mother had to leave her with neighbors when she went to work. Although she nursed her daughter, she did so according to a rigid schedule because that...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2008 8:25 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the iron and the process of ironing? I'm writing an essay and the above question I have...

The iron represents the life of hard work and drudgery the single mother who narrates the story endures as she raises her children. The mother, as she irons, dwells on her oldest daughter—who she...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 11:52 am UTC

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What is the theme concerning the relationship between Susan and Emily in the story, I Stand Here Ironing?

Emily is the oldest daughter in the short story, I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen. Life has been hard on her mother who, only nineteen herself, was left with Emily to care for when Emily's...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2013 6:04 am UTC

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What is a good thesis for "I Stand Here Ironing"?

To develop a good paper, you need to start with a thesis that you can support well. And to be able to support a thesis well, you need to begin with a position that speaks to you personally. Here...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 12:02 am UTC

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What causes the mother to begin thinking about her daughter’s life?

The enquiry about Emily made by an unspecified person, possibly a teacher or a friend, prompts the mother to think about her daughter. The question about her daughter, with whom she is deeply...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 2:40 pm UTC

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 What is the “stream of consciousness” technique in literature, and how is it used in "I Stand Here Ironing"?   What...

The stream of consciousness technique takes a reader inside a character's mind, revealing perceptions, thoughts, and feelings of a character on a conscious or unconscious level. This technique...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

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How does economic and social circumstances affect the mother's ability to take care of Emily in "I Stand Here...

The mother's circumstances affect her ability to care for Emily markedly. This arise through her context and the specific chain of events she suffers. As she notes, " ''Her father left me...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2008 9:25 am UTC

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In "I Stand Here Ironing," the mother's task of ironing can be seen as symbolic. How? At the end of the story, she...

In Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing,” the mother’s ironing can be seen as symbolic because, just as an iron pushes the wrinkles out of a piece of clothing, the mother has, through circumstances...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018 5:58 pm UTC

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What is the significance of ironing in life? i need to answer this part in my essay from the story I Stand Here...

The act of ironing is arduous work. When you iron you must stand to do it; you must be careful of how you do it so as not to miss a part or to iron in a worse wrinkle than already exists. When...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 11:58 pm UTC

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What problems do you think Emily might have, and how might her past experiences have contributed to them? From the...

I think that Emily is insecure and she is afraid of trying to succeed because she has been told she cannot. As Emily's mother says, Emily was, "a child seldom smiled at." That, coupled with being...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2007 11:46 pm UTC

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From where do readers gather impressions of the mother-daughter relationship in "I Stand Here Ironing'?  

The significant title of this short story by Lillie Olsen points to the metaphor of the mother passing the iron back and forth as she gauges the past against the present and forms a pattern of her...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013 6:28 am UTC

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What are some intersting topics in "I Stand Here Ironing"?

The major topic under consideration in this excellent example of a monologue is the mother-daughter relationship and the perception of the mother as she reflects on her daughter and their...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013 5:39 am UTC

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Do you think the narrator is responsible for her mother's depression in "I Stand Here Ironing"?  

In Tillie Olson's short story "I Stand Here Ironing," the narrator reflects on her life and has a conversation with herself as though she was talking with her daughter, Emily. Emily's school has...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 3:50 pm UTC

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