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Women often display their identities through their external appearance. How are womens identities portrayed in mirror and one other poem?

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'Women often display their identities through their external appearance'. How are women's identities portrayed in 'mirror' and one other poem? * Both women don't want to be where they are now - Mirror - "searches my depths", unhappy with her current appearance, searches depth to find herself/her true identity. She searches for some sort of change, unhappy with the truth of her current situation "turns to those liars". We can see this because she keeps returning to the mirror, from when she was a young girl - she wants to be how she was when she was younger. Warning - wants to be able to express herself through her dress sense when she is older in order to make up for the oppression of her identity throughout the years; "I shall wear purple...and doesn't suit me". She wants to unleash her true identity and go against everything she was told she shouldn't do when she was younger. Not only does she want to expose her inner identity and character, she chooses to express it through her choice of clothing and bold colours. ...read more.


Mirror- last line reflects the needy and desperate nature of the woman, "an old woman rises towards her day after day, like a terrible fish." The use of the word "fish" here symbolises the woman's need for the mirror, which is previously described as a lake. Just as a fish needs a lake in order t survive, it seems that this woman needs her mirror, too. Unsatisfied with her external appearance, the mirror is an object which provides her with hope, even though she despises this object for its truthfulness in revealing her true identity. Warning- similarly, the woman in this poem seems reliant on the idea that someday, when she is old, she will have the freedom that she has always wanted and will be able to truly express her identity. The repeated use of the word "must" shows that she does not like having to conform to others' expectations. Furthermore, it would appear that in this seemingly dreary life of hers, she would not be able to do the things that she wants to do when she is older such as "go out in my slippers in the rain". ...read more.


The female in this poem displays some similarities to the character in the poem 'mirror'. This is evident in the third stanza where we can see that she is not particularly happy with the false identity which she feels has been forced upon her by society and its expectations; "now we must have clothes that keep us dry". The use of the word 'must' here implies that she is not happy with having restraints on what she can and can't do. We also see that she sees growing old as a way of finding her true identity and being able to express it freely. However, we see that the second woman seems to have readily and happily accepted the changes that she knows will come in the future, whereas the woman in the poem 'mirror' is unhappy with them and seems to have felt this way for a long while. We see differences in the two characters in that one is unsure of and unhappy with her identity, where the other, stronger woman in 'warning' does not seem too concerned with her appearance and seems sure of who she is and where she wants to be in the future. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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