Olsen, Tillie. Primary “Aren’t you ever going to finish the ironing, mother? In “I Stand Here Ironing,” not much happens: the narrator irons some dresses and. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of I Stand Here Ironing. It helps middle and high school students understand Tillie Olsen’s literary. Free summary and analysis of the events in Tillie Olsen’s I Stand Here Ironing that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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Feb 28, Jennifer Terranova rated it it was amazing. Apr 01, Priscilla Ferrara rated it it was amazing. The mother is obviously suffering from guilt and wretched memories of Emily suffering.

Though her body of work is small, Tillie Olsen’s unique perceptiveness and style have made her an important American writer.

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And then, she recalls, out of nowhere Emily won first prize in her school amateur show. It’s fascinating, and I read it twice and put it somewhere safe because I know I will read it again and again. Articles with too few wikilinks from June All articles with too few wikilinks Articles covered by WikiProject Wikify from June All articles covered by WikiProject Wikify Articles lacking reliable references from January All articles lacking reliable references Articles with multiple maintenance issues.

Jan ironinng, Nath Jones rated it it was amazing. Mar 10, Llsen Gomez rated it it was amazing. Tillke one and only that represent her. Sep 14, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: Every depression, every torment the mother and Emily had been through.

Tillie Olsen’s I Stand Here Ironing: Summary & Analysis

Refresh and try again. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. However, I did not agree with ironinng narrator’s final resolution at the end of the book. Suddenly, Emily appears on the scene.


Want to Read saving…. The mother criticizes and blames herself for this, causing tension in their already stressful relationship.

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Dec 15, shyla rated it it was amazing. She wasn’t blonde or chubby like Shirley Temple the exemplary child back thennor quick or ironin at school.

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Emily’s father left her to raise the girl on her own. This novel emphasizes on how important it is for the parents of children, especially the mother, to nurture and care for her children. Her ability to change character perspectives paragraph to paragraph in impressive.

Such a beautiful story, packed with incredible emotion in just a few pages! Open Preview See a Problem? Apart from this, she also had to fight for attention between her four other younger siblings. It starts her soliloquy of rage, complaints, helplessness, self-exoneration, guilt, resignation, pride, despair, love, self-pity, as she talks about her first born and as she irons her family’s clothes.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. The narrator stands working at her ironing board, responding mentally to a request someone a teacher? To ask other readers questions about I Stand Here Ironingplease sign up. Yasa Al-kiyumia rated it liked it Sep 10, Dec 29, Onaiza Khan rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It is a wonderful story because it is soooo touchy One of the heart-broken parts of this story is that the mother is so young and alone when she needed to take care of Emily, her first born.


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The story moves through a fairly long timeframe; although it is set in the early s, it looks back to the s the time of the Great Depressionand the s the time of the Second World War. In her “Silences” was published–a study of why writers, especially women writers, dry up. I had never irobing a story by Tillie Olson, yet I loved this one.

The mother talks about the hardships Emily had to endure as a child. American Literature wouldn’t be the same of it didn’t have Tillie Olsen in its canon. Near the end of the story the narrator imagines telling her interlocutor, “Why were you so concerned? She married young, had a daughter, tjllie then her husband deserted them. He remembers incidents, like when her daughter didn’t want to go to school, suffering from some uncertain torture there, or when she pleads one day for her to stay home with her more often, when she became skeleton thin because tiklie wouldn’t eat, her frequent nightmares at night, her noticeable lack of friends, her unrequited little crushes, her absentmindedness and failure to cope with school lessons, and she tillis it was because she couldn’t give much attention and care to her eldest since there are other small children she must take care of apart from her need to work to bring food to the table and do housework and be a wife to her second husband.