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I found the theme of I Stand Here Ironing to basically be Emilys mothers responsibility for Emilys upbringing against what should be societys responsibility or what is thought to be the societys responsibility I believe that society shouldnt always be held responsible for how someone has been brought up Was it only her mothers fault or that of society as well that Emily had such a troubled life and continued to experience difficulties as an adult When Emily was sent away to the home they hadnt cared for her properly either I dont believe that anyone has the ability to be happy when they arent allowed to love There is no room for any relationships and friendships to begin The story was written in both the first person and third person It seemed to me as if the mother cant see how badly Emily was being raised After getting further into the story it looked like Emilys mother did a better job of taking care of and raising her other children but what about Emily The mothers pain is obvious from the beginning of the story She realized that she could have done a better job had it not been for the circumstances and life events which occurred following Emilys birth For example the father left at the very beginning of Emilys life He left the note which said he could no longer endure sharing want with us The mother does go back and forth through the story with ironing as the metaphor It was just a way to cover up for the time when she wanted and needed to just think and go over what had happened and what had gone so wrong It sounded as if she was just living in the past to think about how Emily had become what she was up to the present Why was Emily writing the story at the same age her mother was when she
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