I Stand Here Ironing By Tillie Olsen

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Summary of “I Stand Here Ironing” Tillie Olsen shows in “I Stand Here Ironing,” an emotive story about the relationship of a woman and her daughter. The woman is a young mother; she had her older child, Emily, at the age of 19. In the story, she is speaking over the phone, perhaps with a social worker, telling how she was struggling to take care of her older daughter and how she felt guilty about her daughter’s unhappy childhood. Emily’s mother admitted she was a distracted mother, but she also experienced a complicated situation. She, first, was abandoned by Emily’s father less than a year after Emily was born, she was poor, and she had to work in order to sustain her family by herself. In “I Stand Here Ironing” Tillie Olsen presents the story of Emily, who grew up lonely, unhealthy, and weak, nevertheless, although Emily’s mother is concerned about her daughter, she still believes Emily has time to live and recover.…show more content…
The person she is talking to is not identified, but is someone deeply interested in helping Emily. The woman explains Emily had been a lovely baby, the most beautiful baby compared to her four younger children, nothing similar as her current somber nature. She tells after Emily’s father left them, she found a job and in order to hold it, she had to send Emily to live with his father’s family. When she finally was able to live with her daughter again, Emily was different, “all the baby loveliness gone” even though she was only two. Still, she had to place Emily in a daycare, which Emily hated, to keep her

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