Seeing Eye's Interpretive Paper

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Seeing Eye'sI stand here ironing, and what you have asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron" (McQuade 73). Emily's mother was asked by what seems to be a therapist, if she could help them understand her daughter because she needed help (73). I think the real reason her mother is tormented, is because she knows that Emily has potential and she has not seen or done anything about it, Emily's beauty and talents are hidden not only from the rest of the world but also to herself.Emily never complained when she went to nursery school like the rest of the children in her family. She never directly protested, never rebelled (74). When her mother thought of her other children, their explosions, tempers, denunciations and demands, she felt suddenly ill (74). Emily's mother felt ill because she had demanded such good behavior of Emily. If Emily's mother felt suddenly ill does that mean she felt guilty for her actions? Emily always had found some reason to stay home, and always asked so nicely if they could "please stay home momma" (74). Emily's mother took full advantage of that and never rewarded Emily for her good behavior; and she never saw it for what it really was. Instead of having a child that was always providing reasons why she shouldn't go to school, what Emily's mother really had was a very well behaved child. Emily's mother never saw it for what it really was, she did not reward Emily for it. So Emily did not know that she was even being well behaved.Emily was a beautiful baby, but she lost that beauty while growing up. She was thought to be "homely" for many years, but she was now beautiful to the seeing eye (73). The seeing eyes were scarce or nonexistent, which included her mother. She is really beautiful but only a select few realize this. Emily and her mother are not in those few. In the story her mother says she is beautiful, and then says that she is only beautiful to the seeing eyes. Even Emily's own mother cannot see her loveliness. When Emily returned home from the convalescence home, she was very thin and frail. She was dismayed about her appearance, thin, dark and foreign looking at a time when every little girl was supposed to look like a chubby blond replica of Shirley Temple (75). This goes back to the seeing eye idea at the beginning of the story. Emily was always beautiful in her own special way to the seeing eye, but she was not what society thought beautiful at that time. The story never said she was ugly, or that anyone ever told her she was ugly. To the seeing eye Emily was beautiful, but what did her family believe, her mother? Did they think that beauty was a carbon copy of Shirley temple? Emily's beauty continued to remain unseen to the rest of the world and herself.School was not one of Emily's strong points; she was not quick at a time when quickness was easily confused with ability to learn (75). Her...

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