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The story I Stand Here Ironing contains binary oppositions which work together to support the structure of the text I listed several of these oppositions in my notes but I am only going to discuss a few that I found were connected to each other throughout the story These oppositions are the past vs the present a healthy Emily vs an un-healthy Emily Emily with an appetite vs Emily without an appetite and a loving parent vs a non-loving parent These oppositions alone do not make the story interesting however It is how these oppositions are arranged and tied together that makes the story work From the beginning of the story the mother was ironing and thinking about what she could do to help her daughter Emily Her thoughts had a negative connotation she remembered when Emily was sick when she was left home alone because her mother had to work and when Emily was abandoned by her mother and sent to a convalescent home Emilys mother also recalled her appearance at one time in Emilys life when she looked thin dark and foreign looking These thoughts of Emilys childhood are being generated by her mothers attempt to deal with how she brought up her child The ironing is symbolic for Emilys past her mother is literally ironing out the wrinkles of the past Throughout the story the narrator jumps from the present to the past and back to the present again She does this several times what she is doing is having flashbacks of when her daughter Emily was a child The opposition here is the present vs the past The activities the mother was engaged in whether it was ironing a dress or taking care of her son Ronnie seemed to trigger these flashbacks The flashbacks were related to Emily whatever the mother is doing somehow she flashes back to a time in Emilys life The ironing that the narrator is doing during
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