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I Stand Here Ironing Motherhood as Experience and Metaphor The uniqueness of Tillie Olsens I Stand Here Ironing lies in its fusion of motherhood as both metaphor and experience it shows us motherhood bared stripped of romantic distortion and rein fused with the power of genuine metaphorical insight into the problems of selfhood in the modern world Can you make a strong case that the ironing is really a metaphor for the ups and downs back and forth of pressing pressures to make ends meet and a determination to pass through lifes horrors and difficulties by keeping the mind intact and focusing on the beauty and blessings that lie amidst the dark times So the ironing is like a drug to keep the mother calm and sedated The story seems at first to be a simple meditation of a mother reconstructing her daughters past in an attempt to explain present behavior In its pretense of silent dialogue in the beginning of the story a mental occupation to accompany the physical occupation of ironing it creates the impression of literal transcription of a mothers thought processes in the isolation of performing household tasks I stand here ironing and what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron Indeed this surface level provides the story thread for our insights into both Emily and her mother As we read the story we are drawn through a knowledge of the present reality and into participation in the narrative process of reconstructing and visualizing the past With the narrator we construct an image of the mothers own development her difficulties as a young mother alone with her daughter and barely surviving during the early years of the depression her painful months of enforced separation from her daughter her gradual and partial relaxation in response to a new husband and a new family as more children follow her increasingly complex anxieties about her first child
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