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I Stand Here Ironing has ratings and 18 reviews. Joselito Honestly said: It is necessary to know a little something about the author, Tillie Olsen. 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. Complete summary of Tillie Olsen’s I Stand Here Ironing. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of I Stand Here Ironing.

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Feb 28, Jennifer Terranova rated it it was amazing.

No trivia or quizzes yet. However, I did not agree with the narrator’s final resolution at the end of the book. The emotion Tillie Olsen draws out from this small piece really cuts deep.

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This article has multiple issues. The story is about guilt, guilt that will be developed during the narration of the whole story.

It goes back and forth with difficaltes she faced I had never read a story by Tillie Olson, yet I loved this one.

Summary The narrator stands working at her ironing board, responding mentally to a request someone a teacher? Emily didn’t have the qualities which were treasured in the early s. Lex rated it liked it Feb 08, Such a beautiful story, packed with incredible emotion in just a few pag This stxnd is a quiet, simple one, just a mother reflecting on tilloe oldest daughter’s life and the mistakes unintentional and impossible to prevent much of the time she’s made as a mother.


Retrieved from ” https: Wilber rated it really liked it Nov 15, She’s a youngster who needs help. Really interesting piece of work.

I Stand Here Ironing

That’s just my personal opinion, though. It’s absolutely gut-wrenching for me, though.

For it is in the nature of every mother to want to give everything to her child and for her to be put in a situation that she can give only very little, as she watch her child suffer, is like a most cruel flagellation. Emily had always been olsrn tame, so willing to listen, even the life is terrible for her.

The mother had Emily at just 19 years of age. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The story’s tone is sadness. One of a series of short-story adaptations directed by Bruce Schwartz, “I Stand Here Ironing” is a moving tale of a mother’s regret over her inability to provide for her daughter. Deirdre rated it did not like it Nov 28, The story really isn’t that great if you don’t know about the difficulties of society back when it was written.

A heroic act considering her difficult circumstances. Anne rated it it was amazing Apr 05, I Stand Here Ironing 6. Bill Rest of cast listed tilliee She had to quit school in her 11th grade to work.


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. Itllie mother talks about the hardships Emily had to endure as a child.

She continued her education reading up in public libraries.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. Most times she failed to give it, and by the time she realized her mistake, it was too late.

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I have to change this to 5 hillie. The story is set in the working class home of the narrator, who comments that when her first child was born, they “were poor and could not afford for her the soil of easy growth.

Her awful husband left her when she needed him the most…only pay a tiny kindness to take care of his daughter when the mother went working.