Analysis Of I Stand Here Ironing

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I Stand Here Ironing is my pick for the “best” short story I read in our reading this week. The short story, I Stand Here Ironing, is by Tillie Olsen, originally titled “Help Her to Believe” (Kirszner & Mandell, 2010). This short story was one of the first stories in Tillie Olsen’s major writing period (Tillie, 2017). Olsen is best known for writing powerful pieces of the lives and inner issues of the poor, working class, often starring women that combined contemporary writing with great writing inspirations of the past. I Stand Here Ironing was my favorite because it was first-person from a mother, as a mother myself, I am constantly looking at my actions on my children. The tone and the setting of the story is very interesting to me…show more content…
Additionally, Emily’s mother reflects on Emily’s young age when the neglect begin, she was loved but since times were difficult, her mother being young, single, poor, and having to work; Emily was left at a young age with a neighbor that her mother knew did not love her that she did. Furthermore, Emily’s mother had another child, at the time, Emily was ill and was not able to be in contact with her mother or sister. The scars that had already formed, deepened from more distance from her mother. Then Emily was taken and sent away to an orphanage-type place where Emily was not able to receive love and support from her family. All of the events that Emily’s mother explained would have made a child feel unloved and unimportant. However, the majority of the event’s the mother explains were out of her mother and Emily’s control. The tone and style of the story provides the act that I do not feel completely sure if Emily’s mother is telling of the regret of Emily’s early life, as it unfolded, or the regret that Emily’s mother felt for not doing more to try to find a way to help Emily and support her. As stated in an article, “Tillie Olsen: A Study of the Short Fiction,” this short story is not as simple as a mother ironing, talking about one of her children (Frye, 1995). Emily’s clearly feels responsible for Emily’s behavior in present, however, it is not clear to me if it clear regret or only explaining to the other party as to why
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