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I Stand Here Ironing

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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How would you characterize the events of the story, Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing."     As far as I was able...

Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing" is a monologue, yes. The mother's efforts to work through her response, as you say, is characterized much like her ironing--back and forth. There does, then,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2009 4:17 pm UTC

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In "I Stand Here Ironing," why does Emily's mother iron, and what does the iron represent?

Emily's mother is ironing seemingly to prepare for the next day: She has been asked to come to school to talk about Emily and Emily has mid-term exams. She is also ironing because in 1961, people...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 4:29 am 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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How would  write an formal outline of "I Stand Here Ironing"?

Since the story concerns two main characters, Emily and her mother, your formal outline could have two main sections: I. Emily's mother II. Emily Under each section, consider the general...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2009 5:51 pm 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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What is the comparative central idea with Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing" and "A Conversation with my Father" by Grace...

In accord with your assessment, in an interview with the Shenadoah Review, Grace Paley, author of "A Conversation with my Father," declares that the story ...is about generational attitudes about...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 8:49 am UTC

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What elements of the story mark it as a feminist statement?

The story has numerous feminist elements. One of the strongest of such elements is the mother's history as a working woman and the information the reader learns about the inadequacy of social...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 7:22 am UTC

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What is the setting of "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olson?

The literal physical setting is indicated in the title: the entire story is told by the narrator, while she is standing there ironing clothes. Now, the story she tells ranges a bit more widely in...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2007 12:23 am UTC

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"I Stand Here Ironing" presents the identities of both mother and daughter as incomplete. What message does this...

In her exploration of a mother’s concerns about her daughter’s current situation and future life, Tillie Olsen explores the search for identity as influenced by numerous factors. Both characters...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020 6:49 pm UTC

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What is unique and universal about "I Stand Here Ironing?"

The universal traits of the short story/monologue "I Stand Here Ironing" are essentially the themes that are presented, which could be issues that happen to many people. These issues include:...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015 3:54 pm UTC

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Emily became a comedienne; many clowns paint a tear on their cheeks over their makeup. What might this suggest  in "I...

People often laugh to cover their pain; laughter and tears are closely connected. The fact that many clowns paint a tear on their cheeks over their makeup hints that the clown, who acts silly and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2010 1:09 am UTC

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How does the principal's comment at the beginning of the story effect the mother in "I Stand Here Ironing"?

The principal wants the mother to come into school and have a chat with him about her daughter Emily. He indicates that Emily is in need of help and that he wants to help her. However, the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 7:53 am UTC

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How does the mother/narrator connect to the theme and her environment? (society) "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen

In "I Stand Here Ironing," there is an ambivalence of both environment and in completion of themes. For instance, in the Search for Identity theme, the mother queries of the person who asks about...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2009 5:17 am UTC

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In light of social, political, and economic changes that have occurred since the 1930s, do you think the events "I...

While the author includes the mother’s memories of experiences almost two decades earlier, Tillie Olsen’s story was first published in 1954. It seems likely that she intended the reader to reflect...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 10:16 pm UTC

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In 1 or 2 sentences, how would I describe the mother and Emily? And please give a quote to defend your observation.

Much like the iron that she moves back and forth, the heart of the mother vacillates from guilt that she has neglected her daughter to justification for her absences as she has not always been able...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2009 11:19 am UTC

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how is the mother and her daughter attitude different?  

In Tillie Olsen's short story "I Stand Here Ironing" we find two generations of women whose lives have been consistently interrupted by a myriad of social and financial obstacles. These obstacles...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 5:57 am UTC

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Please provide a few valid ideas so I can write an essay on Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing".   I have to write...

It is easily discernible that the significance of the title of Tellie Olsen's story, "I Stand Here Ironing," cannot be ignored. For, like the act of pressing, in which the iron is moved back and...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 11:13 am UTC

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If the action in "I Stand Here Ironing" were transplanted to some other place and time, how would the story change?

The whole metaphor of "I Stand Here Ironing" is that a time proven, methodical, contemplative process for managing an unruly material object is compared to managing a young person's life that has...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 4:52 am UTC

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Definition Essay Advice for "I Stand Here Ironing" I have to have a least 5 paragraphs, 3 main topics and a lead in...

Many psychologists are convinced that birth order has much to do with the development of children's personality. Researching this topic will reveal books and many studies on birth order. Using...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 4:40 pm UTC

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What is the main point that Olsen is trying to make with the metaphor of ironing?

The metaphor in question can be summed up with the narrator's wish for her daughter in the final line of the story. She hopes that Emily will know "that she is more than this dress on the ironing...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2007 3:24 am UTC

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Can you describe Emily's life from infancy to the present in "I Stand Here Ironing"?

Emily was born the first of five children. She was a beautiful baby who loved "motion...light...color and music and textures". Her mother, who was only nineteen, raised her "with all the fierce...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2009 7:13 am UTC

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What is the theme of "I Stand Here Ironing"?

Written in the 1960s, this was one of the first stories to deal with the ambivalence of motherhood just after the age when motherhood and family were seen as a woman's highest goal and just before...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2008 2:21 am UTC

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How does this story depict "The Cult of True Womanhood"? How does it show the virtues of woman back then?

One of the keys to understanding this passage is to focus on the balance between the mother's willingness to have devoted her life to her daughter, but also her concern that her daughter find her...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2007 10:28 am UTC

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Examine the confict the mother is facing.

Part of the challenge in assessing the conflict that the mother is facing. They are realities that strike at the heart of any parent. As a young mother, the fundamental conflict that the narrator...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 11:08 am UTC

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What is symbolic about this article?

The act of ironing is symbolic on a number of different levels. From a social context it may present a realistic portrayal of motherhood and the endless, monotonous tasks associated with it. The...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2007 11:39 am UTC

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In "I Stand Here Ironing," what does the narrator now know that she didnt know in the past?

After contemplating the metaphoric comparison of managing unruly fabric to managing unruly "youngsters," the narrator, Emily's mother, now knows the answer to whether Emily needs to be managed, the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 5:33 am UTC

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What are some topics relating to the characters from I stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen, from the mother/ narrator...

The relationship between Emily and her mother is never straight-forward in I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen and will not be resolved, despite the mother's best efforts. "Can I get you...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 6:22 am UTC

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How much of what happened to Emily could have been changed by the mother?

In Tillie Olsen's story "I Stand Here Ironing", the character of Emily is a young nineteen year old woman who has a curious and interesting talent for comedy, performs funny acts but, ironically,...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 4:46 am UTC

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What are some examples from the story "I Stand Hear Ironing" about motherhood and having guilt and regret?

The mother's iron is a metaphor for the recurring "wrinkles" of guilt that she experiences as she recalls the past: I stand here ironing, and what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 4:58 am UTC

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Am I able to use this information, just re-word it, and use it for an essay for one of my classes?

We are unable to tell what information you are referring to, but whatever the source of information is, you must provide information about the source in your essay. It does not matter whether you...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2010 9:29 am UTC

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Geographically speaking what part of the country does the story take place--a large city or small town? "I Stand Here...

I believe the story, "I Stand Here Ironing," takes place in a large city. The clues are found in the following words/phrases: The narrator (Emily's mother) races home from the streetcar after...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010 12:09 pm UTC

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I am looking for the text to "I Stand Here Ironing". Will I find it on this website?

No. The text of "I Stand Here Ironing" is not available through eNotes. So far as I know, it is not available electronically.

Latest answer posted October 20, 2008 9:10 am UTC

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Physical context has to do with time of day, whether the action takes place inside or outside and weather conditions....

With autobiographical overtones, Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing" relates a mother's monologue in which she expresses her ambivalence about her child-rearing abilities regarding her daughter...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010 10:59 am UTC

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i stand here ironing what is the narrator's attitude toward institutions? why do they loom so large in the story?...

Within the Depression-era society there was no such Department of Human Resources with social workers. Children without parents to care for them were placed in public institutions such as...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 4:57 pm UTC

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What attitude toward life or view of the world emerges in the last paragraph of the story in "I stand here...

A psychologist, Melanie Klein, who studied relationships between infants and mothers, came to a conclusion that being a “good enough mother” consists of doing what one can in good faith but not...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2007 7:04 am UTC

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What are some of the things people outside the family tried to convince the narrator would be best for Emily in "I...

As she struggled with poverty, abandonment, inexperience, and exhaustion in raising her oldest daughter Emily, the narrator was often inundated with advice from people outside the family. There...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2009 6:36 am UTC

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What social issues are in this story? If you were writing an essay on the social issues, how would you word your...

In Tillie Olsen's short story, there are many social issues at work in the lives of Emily and her mother. The mother has become a single mother to Emily because her husband abandoned them. The...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 3:32 am UTC

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What relationship between human interaction and truth is described in "I Stand Here Ironing"?

In this short story, "I Stand Here Ironing," a young mother does the best she can, but it is not enough. She struggles to work and take care of Emily. At times, Emily has to stay with other...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2011 9:23 am UTC

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