I Stand Here Ironing Essay

1297 Words Oct 20th, 2012 6 Pages
The Distant Relationship between a Daughter and Her Mother Senior year is time for high school students to celebrate their accomplishments and move on to their new life - an independent life from parents. However, you should respect and appreciate these last moments of love, care and support from your parents because many unfortunate children such as Emily in “I Stand Here Ironing” story written by Tillie Olsen have not received all the care from their parents since their youth age. Olsen expresses successfully in this monologue story the distance between a mother and her daughter along with the mother’s guilty feeling of not being able to fix their relationship. “I Stand Here Ironing” story begins with the dialogue of the unnamed …show more content…
Emily always made reasons, so she could stay home with her mother “but never a direct protest, never rebellion” toward her mother’s decision (Olsen 63). It does not matter how obedient Emily was, she was sent away to another’s care a second time. Then, Emily’s subsequent return, but this time adjusting to a new stepfather. The narrator thought “perhaps it was a better time” (Olsen 64) for her and Emily.
In contrast, the distance between Emily and her mother increases. She and her second husband often left Emily alone for hours. Even though she felt very guilty about it, she kept “telling (herself that Emily) was old enough” (Olsen 64). When the narrator went to the hospital to have another daughter, Susan, Emily was sick with the measles to the point that “she stayed skeleton thin, not wanting to eat” (Olsen 64), and having nightmares but “twice, only twice when (narrator) had to get up for Susan anyhow, (she) went to sit with (Emily)” (Olsen 64). Clearly, this unnamed mother did not complete her responsible with Emily as a mother with a daughter. The narrator neglects Emily to the point when “it is too late” (Olsen 64) to rebuild relationship with her. Emily always answered with cold voice, “‘No, I’m all right, go back to sleep, Mother.’” (Olsen 64) when her mother “(comforts) her like (she does) the others” (Olsen 64). The unnamed mother’s voice fulfills with guilt because she is always absent in

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