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Songer 1 Thomas Songer Crystal Sands ENG/270 October 24, 2016 The Literature Study of “I Stand Here Ironing." Olson’s narrative fictional short story, "I Stand Here Ironing," told as from a feminism and patriarchal standpoint from the 1930’s era. She demonstrates powerful emotional effects as any she achieved in her novels. Published in 1961, it covers the great depression, where the struggle of how women were to behave and live according to the men's expectations. The literary elements and figurative language in the story represents the internal and external conflicts that women had to face while having to struggle for equality as women. A collection of memories the story is told in a stream-of-consciousness first-person narration helping the reader connect to the emotions of a mother-daughter relationship. Demonstrating how motherhood can be difficult but necessary to help children fully develop individualistically to understand life better. Much like Olson’s upbringing, she tells a feminist story through female characters. It takes on the role of a feminist stance that hardly mentions the male characters, Ronnie and Bill, while the other three primary characters are females. Emily plays the main character who is a nineteen-year daughter to the narrator of the mother, while Susan is portrayed as the perfect child from a second marriage.

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