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I Stand Here Ironing | Study Guide

Tillie Olsen

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Overview

Author

Tillie Olsen

Year Published

1961

Type

Short Story

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"I Stand Here Ironing" is told by a first-person narrator. The narrator's internal dialogue and stream-of-consciousness narrative reflect the circumstances that shaped her eldest daughter's personality, abilities, and deficiencies.

Tense

"I Stand Here Ironing" uses mixed tenses. The narrator reflects on events in her child's life in the past tense and uses the present tense to address a caller who has concerns about her daughter.

About the Title

The narrator of "I Stand Here Ironing" is ironing clothes when she receives a phone call from a concerned adult who wants to discuss the narrator's daughter Emily. The narrator reflects on her parenting choices and the difficult circumstances Emily had to face in her childhood and youth.

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