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Tom Penny Approaches Paper #2 The story, I Stand Here Ironing, contains binary oppositions which work together to support the structure of the text. I listed several of these oppositions in my notes, but I am only going to discuss a few that I found were connected to each other throughout the story. These oppositions are: the past vs. the present, a healthy Emily vs. an un-healthy Emily, Emily with an appetite vs. Emily without an …

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…oppositions I was free from trying to explain what the authorís intentions for this piece were. And was able to focus completely on the text itself. The structuralist approach is an excellent way of looking at writings. I decided on which oppositions to include in my paper when I noticed how certain ones were related to each other. This helped me to organize a flow in my paper that I usually have trouble with.