I Stand Here Ironing


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Storyboard Description

"I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olson consists of themes such as the past is untouchable, love never fails, and true self prospers. These themes are demonstrated in this story board and through the context of the passage.

Storyboard Text

  • Past is untouchable
  • "You should smile at Emily more when you look at her."
  • What was in my face when I looked at her? I loved her. There were all the acts of love.
  • Love never fails
  • Now when it is too late (as if she would let me hold and comfort her like I do the others) I get up and go to her at once at her moan or restless stirring.
  • "No, I'm all right, go back to sleep, Mother."
  • "Are you awake, Emily? Can I get you something?"
  • True self prospers
  • She began to be asked to perform at other high schools, even in colleges then at city and statewide affairs
  • It took a long time to raise the money for her fare back... When she finally came, I hardly knew her...
  • I used to try to hold and love her after she came back, but her body would stay stiff, and after a while she'd push away.
  • But never a direct protest, never rebellion...What in me demanded that goodness in her? And what was the cost, the cost to her such goodness?
  • "Momma, you look sick. Momma, I feel sick. Momma, the teachers aren't here today, they're sick. Momma, we can't go, there was a fire there last night. Momma, it's a holiday today, no school, they told me."
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