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In Tillie Olsens narrative I Stand HereIroning I interpreted that there was a reflection ofthe loss of time and the sense of guilt between amother and daughter This is displayed in the authorsword choice point of view imagery and tone Olsen begins her narrative while ironing andtalking on the phone Her daughter needs help she istold So she begins to ask herself a million questionsShe wonders why her daughter needs help how she canhelp her and what she could have done to prevent herfrom straying so far in the first place As thesequestions run through her mind the iron in her handmoves swiftly back and forth in rhythm throughout theentire narrative Ironing being an act of boredomWith each movement she has a new thought regarding herdaughter she questions how she could have raised herIn this essay one senses Emilys resentment towardher mother This is because of the way in which she hadbeen treated for it is clearly obvious that Emily wasunknowingly denied the love and attention a normalchild would receive What is odd though is thatthroughout the narrative one can feel the love Olsenhas for her daughter Nevertheless this love thatOlsen claims to have for her daughter is not expressedenough to Emily which therefore leads Emily toacquire many feelings of resentment neglect andperhaps even betrayal toward her mother A good exampleoccurs when Olsen is confronted about her love for herdaughter and she says What was in my face when Ilooked at her This clearly shows how unaware she isThis is suggested continuously throughout thestory when Olsen recounts how she had to send herdaughter away while she worked Although the act wasunintentional too much time away from ones loved onefor too long can have a drastic effect on a personThat is why Emily seems so bitter She was achild seldom smiled at 6 Who could blame her fornot smiling She had been sent away from her familyduring so many key points in her life First she
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