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I Stand Here Ironing was written in the first person so that we could see Emily the way her mother narrator saw her Through her reverie we feel the mothers pain that her daughter felt ugly as a child We ache with the knowledge that she had to send Emily to the daycare with the evil teacher and to a convalescent home when she was desperately ill We feel her regrets that she couldnt be there with Emily as she was growing because she was working too hard to keep the family together When Emily is in high school we are proud with the mother that Emily is performing on stage - and people love her We too are relieved when Emily runs up the stairs two at a time with her light graceful step She has gone from a shy awkward girl to a beautiful confident graceful woman We sense the mothers resolve that Emily will be okay Why were you concerned She will find her way And with the mother we are at peace By using the first person narrator style the author gives us only one point of view She plainly states her theme for this hard-luck story We were poor and could not afford for her Emily the soil of easy growth Let her be So all that is in her will not bloom - but in how many does it Had the story been told from another point of view say as a third person we may have thought that the mother was neglectful or favored the younger children When we discover that the mother only smiled at the younger children we may think that the mother didnt like Emily Concern has become disfavor When we see that Emily does many of her mothers chores we may presume that mother is a harsh task- master We would think She needs to do her own housework and let the
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