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In the short story I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen the reader is introduced to a mother faced with a strong internal conflict involving her eldest daughter Emily Emilys mother makes a very meaningful statement at the end of the story Her statement was help Emily to know that she is more than this dress on the ironing board helpless before the iron Olsen 582 This statement shows the reader that the mother wants her daughter to have a better life than what she has had up to this point Emilys mother feels as though she has neglected her daughter in some sense Throughout the story she describes two negative aspects of Emilys childhood First she talks about sending Emily to live with her relatives as a toddler Next she describes sending Emily to a convalescent home as a young child The mother ultimately feels guilty for the actions she took to ensure a better life for her daughterThe first decision that Emilys mother had to make was to ship Emily off to stay with relatives At this point Emily was a mere eight months old Her mother made this decision so that she could work and save money for their future Emily came back to her mother when she was two all baby loveliness gone Olsen 579 At this time in the story the reader is able to see a change in the way the mother describes her child The mother goes from seeing Emily as a beautiful baby to seeing her as a thin two-year-old Emily grows into a young child who was self-conscience about her appearance thin and foreign-looking at a time when every girl was supposed to look like the replica of Shirley Temple Olsen 580 Emilys mother pondered several ways to comfort her daughters physical insecuritiesThe next big decision that Emilys mother had to make was sending Emily to a convalescent home The mother was persuaded to send Emily
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