I Stand Here Ironing I Stand Here Ironing is an autobiographical story that narrates about a woman who raises her daughter alone, describing her husband as a man, who “could no longer endure” (he wrote in his good-bye note) “sharing want with us..(Olsen 1961).
The story shows us a woman standing at her ironing board. She tries to find the way of how to deal with her young daughter. The technique of narration shows us situations that change the whole womans life as she finds herself completely exhausted. This forced isolation from society makes her to think about her and her daughters existence, her aims, good and bad, what is important and what is not. The woman speaks about her daughter Emily with a bit of irony: wish you could manage the time to come in and talk with me . .
. She’s a youngster who needs help (Olsen 1961).
The relations between the daughter and mother remind us a wall. The mother tries to penetrate the wall with her desperate attempts to love her daughter, who seems to be too distracted and isolated from the world that nothing can be done to succeed. Mother has nothing to do but to change her attitude to situation and to appeal to irony. Why does the author use irony? First of all, the woman in the short story suffers mentally because she is not able to solve the problem with her daughter.
Historically there are several ways of how to deal with sufferings. The man can suffer because of his reflections and thoughts caused by pride, prejudices, envy, despair, problems, etc. Idealization also can cause sufferings because the man doesnt see the correlation between his own ideas and views and the reality he lives in. It is well known that a man is responsible for his happiness. The irony proposes something different it proposes the alternative solution of problem. With help of irony the man can change his attitude to problem as well as the size of negative consequences.
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He can create new attitude to problem that will gradually eliminate negative consequences of problematic situation. Situations, which occur in our life, usually seem to be complicated only within the limits of our system of life values. The irony proposes to look at life difficulties with smile. Such position allows a man overcoming his problems. Under these circumstances, the attitude of mother in I Stand Here Ironing is presented in a kind of theatrical self-consciousness. It is not an escape fro reality with help of laugh and smile. Mothers attitude is enriched with psychological overtones, sometimes dark comedy of words, but shows her positive attitude to the problem with her daughter.
Her irony develops a meaning that allows the mother to exhibit her feelings. The irony is directly addressed to the readers; it exhibits the creative presence and makes us imagine the situations as the mother describes them. The mother remembers her daughters childhood and draws parallels with her own life. Her ironical narration makes us to feel engaged in the story. It seems that the author creates a peculiar environment where we can find out more than simple facts from the life of antagonists. We can understand the unspoken context, when the mother seems to tell us something but, actually, she doesnt tell anything except her reflections over the ironing desk. Mothers narration increases our concern in the story.
The mother realizes that her chances to raise a daughter properly are merely approach zero because of constant lack of finances and time and gradually goes through frustration, anger and despair. Yet, the mother adapts to situation and speaks ironically about her attempts to make the daughters life as comfortable as only possible. She dwells on problems of alienation from society, the vitally important things and the strength of a woman to cope with difficulties. This short story is, probably, supposed to be a metaphor for finding really important things in life while casting away all difficulties with help of changing attitude to them. The mother lives a regular noteworthy for nothing her usual route home-work-home-work doesnt leave her time to ponder over vitally important things and to take care of her daughter Emily. Mothers irony helps us to understand the feelings she has in relation to fact that her daughter Emily has become an independent adult girl. The author doesnt miss the opportunity to bring readers to a variety of psychological reflections: the mothers feelings, her emotional experiences during the life, her doubts and uncertainties, the moment of desperate frustration, the isolation and hopelessness, the value of what is really important in life vs.
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the absence of any home comforts The mother uses situational irony (the kind of irony, which is used to underline the tension between the reality and the expectations. Sometimes it seems that mother combines tragic and comic irony in order to raise the intensity of situation and to focus attention on some peculiar details. She also uses verbal and dramatic irony that plays an important role in the story by adding interesting and humorous content. The mother dwells on place of women in the modern society, comparing and contrasting her daughter Emily with her own life. Mother dwells on how the future situations and life choices can affect her daughter. As the story runs, the mother faces not only the problem of physical survival, but the psychological survival as well. The irony during the moments of despair makes her stronger while teaching her how not to give up and not to loose hope till positive changes will come..