I Stand Here Ironing

I Stand Here Ironing - I Stand Here Ironing The short story...

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I Stand Here Ironing The short story by Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing, is an example of a mother daughter struggle. From what I understand, the young mother initially has a rough life, and can barely keep track of herself and her daugher, Emily. Because the mother must work to support them, she always put Emily into other people’s care, and even had to send her away for several different periods. This caused the distance between the mother and Emily to become greater, even to the point that Emily does not like physical affection such as hugs from her mother. The mother loves her daughter greatly, but she does not have the means of providing for her child as she would like to. As there are other children and husbands added to the family, Emily seems to move farther from them all. As Emily grows older, the mother is regretful of the way Emily has grown up. The mother says, “We were poor and could not afford for her the soil of easy growth” (pg 29). The mother criticizes and blames herself for this, causing
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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