Stand Here Ironing' Short Story Response

‘I Stand Here Ironing’ is a first-person point-of-view short story in which the narrator, a mother, reflects on how she has raised her daughter Emily so far after she received someone’s request to help Emily and also how she feels guilty about the way she raised Emily because she had Emily live with a neighbor, then her father’s family, then daycare, and then a stepfather due to her father running away from the family’s poverty and having to work long hours respectively.

Then, while the mother went to the hospital in order to deliver Emily’s younger sister Susan, Emily became ill with measles and tuberculosis and had to be sent to a nursing home after which she had nightmares and had problems with Susan.

However, I think that not only were the situations that the narrator found herself in while raising Emily and the problems that Emily was not anything that she could have change because it was out of her control in that it is not her fault that her father ran away due being unable to deal with poverty making her look for work which force her to leave Emily to a neighbor and then her father’s family, that she had to work long hours to make ends meet which forced her to drop Emily into daycare, and last, but not least, she had to deliver Susan which forced her to not being able to take care of Emily when she fell ill, but also, even if she was directly responsible for Emily’s problems in her life and that she could have done anything to fix it, she does whatever she can to help Emily such as comforting her she she has problems falling asleep and encourage her to enter the school talent show which she won.

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‘Miss Brill’ Short Story Response

While “Miss Brill” seem to be a short story about a English teacher who on a typical Sunday watches and forms personal opinions about the people outside on the surface, the thing that stood out to me is that she seems to see the world as a play and the people as actors shown by the lines “…It was like a play. It was exactly like a play…. They were all on the stage. They weren’t only the audience, not only looking on; they were acting. Even she had a part and came every Sunday. No doubt somebody would have noticed if she hadn’t been there; she was part of the performance after all….And yet it explained why she made such a point of starting from home at just the same time each week – so as not to be late for the performance…

She was on the stage.” However, her entire worldview comes crashing when a boy and girl who she believes to be the hero and heroine respectively in the play makes fun of both her and her fur that she is wearing which causes her put the fur away which is significant because the fur is a representation of herself and her place in the community and society in that at first she feels that she is part of the community/society and believes that she is important to someone. However, after hearing the boy and girl make fun of her and her fur, she immediately goes home to throw it away because the sudden realization that nobody cares about her at all and how lonely she is causes her to fall into despair shown by how she hears.

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