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I Stand Here Ironing refers to events that took place in the 1930s in America during the Great Depression a time of social political and economical instability The author is using first person point of view and first person narrator who plays the role of a minor character a mother that tells a story about her daughter The story begins with a dialogue over the telephone between the narrator and her daughters psychologist or maybe future husband or a teacher a person that is deeply interested in understanding Emily in order to help her The person calls Emilys mother hopping that she has a key or she can be used as a key to understand and solve Emilys problems Although the narrator is engaged in a telephone conversation the story becomes a monologue because she never gets interrupted through the story The title I Stand Here Ironing is also a leitmotiv and emphasizes a major idea of the story the reason for Emilys actual problems or at least her mothers explanation for not according her child enough attention because she is always busy ironing it also suggests Emilys vulnerability and the narrator attitude towards her daughter in the extended metaphor used by the author at the end of the story she is more then this dress on the ironing board The caller disturbed the narrator there is not easy to talk about her daughter what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron but she decides to tell her story and relieve the pain that had pushed hard on her chest for years She goes back in time probably 1935 when WPA was created it was the pre-relief pre-WPA world of the depression This is when she had her daughter at the age of nineteen her first child a beautiful baby a miracle for her There is no physical description of the apartment in which Emily lived as a child but
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