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Compare And Contrast The Way Plath Presents The Speaker's Fears In Three Of The Poems That You Have Studied

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Compare And Contrast The Way Plath Presents The Speaker's Fears In Three Of The Poems That You Have Studied Sylvia Plath writes poems that are thoughtful and intriguing. They have clever and subtle suggestions that leave her poems open for interpretation by the reader. Her poems mainly have themes with either an odd or disturbing nature. The three poems I have chosen to compare and contrast are; "Mirror," "Bluebeard" and "The Arrival of The Bee Box." In the three poems there are several different moods that are shown throughout. In "Bluebeard" the speaker remains in control all the time, she is defiant and makes her own choices in stating, "I am sending back the key;" she is rejecting him and it is always her option whether or not to. However throughout "Bluebeard" the speaker's tone remains constant and never changes unlike in "The Arrival of The Bee Box" in which her disposition changes constantly. At the beginning of the poem the poem begins with the speaker describing the box calmly "I ordered this, clean wood box" this creates a pleasant image even though it is a "box of maniacs." The box is full of something very dangerous. ...read more.

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This can be linked to "Bluebeard" in which the speaker, once again is strangely drawn to Bluebeard even though she knows he is dangerous, "my X-rayed heart, dissected body," she knows that Bluebeard will dissect her and yet she seems slightly reluctant to give back the key as she repeats herself as if to convince herself that what she is doing is right, "I am sending back the key...I am sending back the key." So even though the speaker is afraid of what she will find, she is still strangely drawn to it like the woman in "Mirror." The woman in "Mirror" hates what she sees in the mirror and yet she still visits it daily, like a ritual and worships it even though she despises what it shows her, "the eye of a little god, four-cornered." This is suggesting that the mirror is like a deity to the woman who constantly comes to "search my reaches for what she really is" by coming to the mirror every day expecting the image to have changed somehow. A lake's image does not show a smooth reflection but instead the image is distorted and altered, producing no definite truth unlike the "not cruel, only truthful" mirror. ...read more.

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In "The Arrival of The Bee Box" there are seven stanzas with five lines in each and a single line at the end. The last line is a concluding thought that reflects on the outcome of the speakers thoughts in the poems, it is definitive and final. The many stanzas allow Sylvia Plath to change the speaker's mood and thoughts in each stanza. This, along with the language used which is awkward and difficult to read, has the desired effect of reflecting her feelings of confusion. She seems to be trapped between her feelings of obsession and fear of the box she knows she can not open. This is similar to the myth of Pandora's Box where the woman knows she can't open the box as there is danger in it and yet is somehow strangely drawn to it In general Sylvia Plath is successful in her endeavour to portray the fears of others in her poems. She is very skilful at writing about real feeling and involving her life in her poems to help incorporate real life situations into them. And by involving her fears into the poems this helps many people to relate to them. Emma Rowley 4J English Lit Coursework ...read more.

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