Theme of “I Stand Here Ironing”?

I am writing a explication essay on "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen and I need some ideas on what you may think the central theme is about (summed up in one phrase of you can). I already have some ideas, but I would like some other opinions.Thanks!

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One Answer to “Theme of “I Stand Here Ironing”?”

  1. nonconstituent says:

    Rachel,It is a story about the search—by both mother and daughter—for individual identity despite the limitations imposed by a history of poverty and other social constraints. While it examines the difficulties a mother and daughter have in finding identities separate from one another and independent from social expectations about women, it raises questions about the nature of intimacy itself.The story is about motherhood, and mother-daughter relationships. It is also about the various influences that shape a developing child. It is also about the difficulties faced by working-class women in the U.S. in the 1930s, when the economy collapsed.The story explores the extent to which the mother can be held responsible for her daughter’s problems, and suggests that society must also take some responsibility. [external link] …