Bilal Mozaffar "I Stand Here Ironing" 3x3 Theme Storyboard Assignment

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  • *inaudible groaning*
  • Theme 1: Neglect breeds independence.
  • At first, when Emily needed someone, her mother was not there for her....
  • "Now to go sleep, Emily, there's nothing to hurt you" (294).
  • Theme 2: Discomfort produces opportunity.
  • *comedic stuff*
  • Emily's mother suggests that Emily does something that would likely take her out of her comfort zone....
  • "Why don't you do something like this in the school amateur show?" (297).
  • Emily's mother is introducing the early setting, living environment, and situation.
  • Theme 3: Situation influences character.
  • I was nineteen. It was the pre-relief, pre-WPA world of the depression (293).
  • "No, I'm all right, go back to sleep, Mother" (294).
  • ....But now that her mother has ignored her for so long, Emily no longer needs nightly reassurance. Emily's mother is too late.
  • Theme 1: Neglect breeds independence.
  • "Are you awake, Emily? Can I get you something?" (294).
  • "Mother, I did it. I won, I won; they gave me first prize; they clapped and clapped and wouldn't let me go" (297).
  • Theme 2: Discomfort produces opportunity.
  • ....So Emily took the challenge and ended up doing something she really enjoyed and gave her self-worth.
  • Theme 3: Situation influences character.
  • She explains how the stressful, seemingly desperate situation is actually what fueled her to become a hard worker and live for her daughter, Emily.
  • After a while I found a job hashing at night so I could be with her days, and it was better (293).
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