critical essay1 - "I Stand Here Ironing is a short story...

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“I Stand Here Ironing” is a short story written by Tillie Olsen that describes the difficulties she faced while trying to raise her daughter Emily, along with the other children she had later in life. In this essay I will use symbolism to examine the constant struggle Emily faced in gaining acceptance. I will do this by exploring her reliance on baby pictures to make her feel that she was once beautiful, her desperate attempt to make a boy like her and her sudden transformation when she won the talent show. The story was written as a flashback from the mother’s view of how Emily was raised. First, she described how Emily was a beautiful baby. The narrator explained how Emily was constantly “pouring over her baby pictures, making me tell her over and over how beautiful she had been” (692). The use of the past tense to describe her beauty showed signs that Emily was self-conscious and wished for acceptance. The baby pictures could also symbolize a time when she did not have to worry about what she looked like or how others
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENGL 011 taught by Professor Ognibene during the Spring '08 term at Siena College (Loudonville).

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