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An Unknown Girl. Throughout the poem, devices such as symbolism, similes and metaphors are used to portray her desire of discovering her cultural identity

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Introduction

Throughout the poem, devices such as symbolism, similes and metaphors are used to portray her desire of discovering her cultural identity. The poem is based around the girl trying to develop a sense of belonging within her culture. The use of symbolism could imply her attempt to acquire her cultural roots and heritage. ?I have new brown veins?. The ?brown veins? could represent her new identity as a woman in India. She has discovered her culture and a sense of belonging, which is evident through the use of symbolism where the henna is now part of her. ...read more.

Middle

The fact that she ?clings? on to these lines shows that her dedication and persistence to discover her heritage is great. She is ?holding on? to the henna, as if disregarding it would lead to her losing her identity. Furthermore, the use symbolism could portray her identity as being temporary and superficial. ?I?ll scrape of the dry brown lines before I sleep?? This symbolizes her identity as being artificial. The fact that the henna is her identity shows that this is only temporary, as it will eventually fade away. ...read more.

Conclusion

Additionally, the girl sees the Henna as being her identity, which could represent her heritage and her discovering where she belongs. ?When India appears and reappears.? The ?appearing and reappearing? of India could symbolize the henna as being her identity. This shows that it is temporary and as the henna constantly has to be reapplied, her identity is artificial and a substitute for her true heritage. To conclude, the uses of metaphors, similes, symbolism etc. implies that her identity as a woman in India is superficial. The whole act of the poem could be a metaphor to acquire and discover a temporary identity. ...read more.

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