I Stand Here Ironing


Tillie Olsen

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I Stand Here Ironing Symbols

The Iron

The iron that the narrator holds throughout the story symbolizes both the power and the limitations of domestic life. Emily jokes at one point in the story that a portrait of the narrator would show…

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Clocks and the associated concept of time represent another aspect of the social rules that binds both the narrator and Emily. The narrator frequently makes parenting choices based on societal ideas of when certain…

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