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Mrs Beast - Carol Ann Duffy

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English Essay Mrs Beast- Carol Ann Duffy An Exploration into Mrs Beast Carol Ann Duffy's Mrs Beast is a poem surrounded with many simple yet complex understandings and meanings. However written from a feminist's point of view I believe that Mrs Beast is based around the idea of women dominance verses women's insecurity. Mrs Beast as a title is very ambiguous because it can give the reader a range of idea's and thoughts into the opening of the poem. It allows from first hand glance for the reader to literately believe that woman are beasts as in relation to women's dominance over men. However is this really true because it could be argued that she is called Mrs Beast because of her masculine qualities and relating to the overall female body as the 'laddette' culture, which is a modern day term for a female who withholds masculine qualities. 'These myths; I'll put them straight' This opening verse to the poem is very appropriate I feel for the whole Carol Ann Duffy collection because from Carol Ann Duffy's viewpoint, as a feminist she is her own voice within her poems to voice her own opinion through her characters. ...read more.

Middle

Throughout many of Duffy's poems she uses very sexual and erotic images. 'The sex is better', this is very masculine language which seems surprisingly odd as a women is not 'meant' to uses language which is seen as a mans language. I feel that Duffy is saying two things, that women in our modern day have the power and position within society for it to be passable to use such language however metaphorically looking into the poem I feel that this is Duffy's way of showing how women cover up their own emotional feeling by adding pretence to themselves. For example 'tough as fuck' and the use of male like animals, 'ape wolf, a dog...' She also uses the term 'stinking wound' which again literately meaning a bad cut however this can also symbolise the female genitalia which again promotes the use of masculine language. It is almost as if she's mocking her own sex as she talks about it with a very sinister and dirty manner. 'good' 'better' and 'best' Duffy's use of this short and direct language gives smugness from the women's point of view. ...read more.

Conclusion

'The captive wives, those less fortunate then we' From Duffy's point of view she is expressing the fact that if women were not to cover up their emotions and to put on pretence they would be 'captive' by men. So it is almost as if women within society no longer have choice in the matter, its either being a stereo-typical women and being walked all over by men or acting masculine to gain male authority. '...was a chiffon scarf for an elegant ghost' This line Duffy has uses to represent the fact that when women change for men there souls are always behind them, however this could again be argued that the use of imagery however represents a very Hollywood setting of a women standing tall and dominant over a balcony with normally a man below. This symbolises the hierarchy structure of the women being of higher status of the man. 'Let the less loving one be me' I feel that this last verse is the most significant one from the poem as much like a conclusions it brings together the whole poem in just a few words. ...read more.

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