Study Guide

I Stand Here Ironing Characters

By Tillie Olsen

The Narrator

We've all had moments when we feel that our mothers, much as we love them, just don't understand...

Emily

In "I Stand Here Ironing," the narrator tells us from the beginning of the story that she cannot...

The Teacher

The story never tells us who asks the question that starts the narrator thinking about Emily's...

Susan

Susan is one of the narrator's children from her second marriage. Unlike Emily, Susan grew up in...