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HOW DOES PLATH CONVEY THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE NARRATORS VIEW OF THE WORLD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY AND HER VIEW AT THE END? In this essay I will be talking about how Plath conveys the contrast of the narrators view at the beginning and at the end of the story. I will be talking about how Plath depicts colour, light, similes, metaphors and characters in the story. One contrast that Plath uses is colour. Colour changes throughout the story. In the beginning the colours are all bright, like the part where it says "the changing colours of those days, clear and definite as patterns seen through a kaleidoscope." The colours in a kaleidoscope are all bright colours such as red and yellow. This is how the narrator feels. ...read more.


It also suggests that the narrator's life is quite imaginary. This is because Dali is a surrealist artist and he does imaginary drawings. Another technique used by Plath is metaphors. An example of metaphors is "the airport was my Mecca, my Jerusalem." This shows that she loves the airport as if it was a religious or very special place to her. This point also suggests that she has mind of small child, which is very make believe, and imaginary. This metaphor is good because it makes the reader feel happy and in a good mood. However near the end of the story the metaphors start to get darker. An example of this is "black shadow creeping up the underside of the world like a flood tide." This metaphor makes the darkness as though it is like a massive wave swallowing up the earth spreading darkness and misery all over the world. ...read more.


However near the end, when Paula falls over and ruins her snowsuit, she blames the narrator for it. When the narrator goes home and tells uncle frank, that she never tripped Paula up, he doesn't believe her. This changes the mood quite considerably because one-second uncle frank is comforting her but the next second he doesn't believe what the narrator is saying. An example of this is "you don't have to be afraid. We will understand. Only tell me what really happened." Overall Plath conveys the contrast between the narrator's view of the world at the beginning and at the end really well. This is mostly, I believe, because of the difference in colour and the difference in metaphors. The colours are bright and colourful in the beginning whereas in the end they are dark. This is how Plath conveys the difference in the beginning and in the end the best. BY TALHA RAJA. ...read more.

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