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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 often encourage my students to begin an analytical essay with a personal experience. Doing this can make the essay more interesting than a plain analysis and deepen its significance as well. The...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2007, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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Tillie Olsen's story begins with one line: I stand her ironing, and what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron. The mother's act of ironing is a metaphor for the remembrances...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The main strength of the mother in “I Stand Here Ironing” is her honesty in confronting the problems involved with raising her daughter Emily. Many people in her position would not have been so...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2021, 5:18 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Here are some other examples and help with your goal: http://spot.pcc.edu/~dwerkman/formal.html http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/outline.html...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2009, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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