Through all this Emily grew up to be gloomy with a lack of popularity, and low self-esteem.
The narrator though chooses to describe Emily as a sensitive, thoughtful, and selfless individual who has survived through a terrible ordeal.
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A Theme is Controlled Though the Setting and the Atmosphere In the short story “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen there is an atmosphere which has an overwhelming feeling of torment and a sense of regret.
The atmosphere and setting have contributed a lot to the theme of the story.
They have created a deeper sense in the raising of a child on your own.The war created fear in America, even with a victory of WWII the proceeding Cold War only made it worse.The narrator feels somewhat cheated that the world Emily was raised in was a cruel and harsh one.Taking place during the 1930s and 1940s a single mother has to cope with the Great Depression, WWII, and the feminist movement of the 1950s while raising her first born daughter Emily.A conflict is created by the lack of understanding the single teenage mother has for raising her first child.They will define the literary element of theme and identify themes in the story.Students will be able to: Make perceptive and well-developed connections to prior knowledge (ELA 1 C).The theme that arises from this story is that to what extent can a mother be held responsible for her child’s problems, and that society must take some responsibility.“She is a child of her age, of depression, of war, of fear.In her monologue, the mother painfully recalls the reality of having to neglect Emily because of circumstances beyond her control.The mother tells her anguished tale to someone who the reader supposes is Emily's social worker or guidance counselor.