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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I Stand Here Ironing (KnowledgeNotes Student Guides)

I highly suggest you re-read it many times, in order to take the most out of this story. I Stand Here Ironing is a wonderful short novel, recommended to anyone who wants a new taste in their literature or just learn about this mother’s touching reflection of her past.

The mother is standing here ironing and within the next 30 minutes she will recall the whole irohing of her and her daughter’s life. That’s just my personal opinion, though.

Or any economic depression in every country every place. What an amazing voice.

The mother is obviously suffering from guilt and wretched memories of Emily suffering. 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 she 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 knew 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.


The ztand is tillle natural performer, a wonderful comedienne, who now is in demand throughout the city and state. Apart staand this, she also had to fight for attention between her four other younger siblings. Though her body of work is small, Tillie Olsen’s unique perceptiveness and style have made her an important American writer.

Stqnd with This Book. Jan 19, Nath Jones rated it it was amazing.

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May 12, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing. Control the life, and never bend by it. Tillie Olsen was a high school dropout, who raised four children and supported them with a series of low-paying jobs in the s through s. Mother-love, at both ends of the spectrum: Mar 10, JN Gomez rated it it was amazing. I love this story, at first, it might be a bit difficult to understand if you just read the story.

We see her stiffness towards all that care for her, her quietness in her daily duities, and her feelings of worthlessness towards herself. This daughter of hers was a beautiful baby, she says, and she nursed her, but when she was 8 months old she had to leave her during daytimes to a stranger downstairs because she had to work, and then her husband left them.

Stand Here Ironing is one of my top short stories. The one and only that represent her. Feb 28, Jennifer Terranova rated it it was amazing. She wasn’t blonde or chubby like Shirley Temple the exemplary child back thennor quick or smart at school.


The mother loves her daughter greatly, but she does not have the means of providing for her child as she would like to. Her young daughter suffered years of neglect, which she couldn’t help, because she was poor, young and had no money. Such a beautiful story, packed with incredible emotion in just a few pag This story is a quiet, simple one, just a mother reflecting on her oldest daughter’s life and the mistakes unintentional and impossible to prevent much of the time she’s made as a mother.

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Wilber rated it really liked it Nov 15, I had never read a story by Tillie Olson, yet I loved this one. This one was written in the days of the Great Depression and Feminist movement, and it reflects how families were affected due to these historical events. The story’s tone is sadness.

From what I understand, the young mother initially has a rough life, and can barely keep track of herself and her daughter, Emily. I read the story itself, not the Knowledge Notes. Hard to read as a mother. Please help improve this article by adding links that are relevant to the context within the existing text. Apr 01, Priscilla Ferrara rated it it was amazing.

I Stand Here Ironing

The narrator, a remarried mother of five children, remembers the way she parented her first child, Emily. Really interesting piece of work. As a result, she has to deal with the consequences.