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Time and Guilt In Tillie Olsens narrative I Stand Here Ironing I interpreted that there was a reflection of the loss of time and the sense of guilt between a mother and daughter This is displayed in the authors word choice point of view imagery and tone Olsen begins her narrative while ironing and talking on the phone Her daughter needs help she is told So she begins to ask herself a million questions She wonders why her daughter needs help how she can help her and what she could have done to prevent her from straying so far in the first place As these questions run through her mind the iron in her hand moves swiftly back and forth in rhythm throughout the entire narrative Ironing being an act of boredom With each movement she has a new thought regarding her daughter she questions how she could have raised her to be a better person In this essay one senses Emilys resentment toward her mother This is because of the way in which she had been treated for it is clearly obvious that Emily was unknowingly denied the love and attention a normal child would receive What is odd though is that throughout the narrative one can feel the love Olsen has for her daughter Nevertheless this love that Olsen claims to have for her daughter is not expressed enough to Emily which therefore leads Emily to acquire many feelings of resentment neglect and perhaps even betrayal toward her mother A good example occurs when Olsen is confronted about her love for her daughter and she says What was in my face when I looked at her This clearly shows how unaware she is of her daughters feelings This is suggested continuously throughout the story when Olsen recounts how she had to send her daughter away while she worked Although the act was unintentional too much time away from ones
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