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Night of the Scorpion and Vultures Poem Comparison

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Night of the Scorpion and Vultures Poem Comparison The two poems 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Vultures' are both similar in several ways but the most obvious similarity is that both poems involve animals. Both poems also involve evil and love, 'Night of the Scorpion' talking about the evil of a scorpion's sting and a mother's love and 'Vultures' talking about how evil creatures are able to love. In 'Night of the Scorpion', the speaker's mother is stung by a scorpion and the local people try all sorts of bizarre and superstitious remedies. In this poem you feel some sympathy for the scorpion; it has been driven from its home by the rain and forced to take cover beneath a sack of rice. The scorpion is not being aggressive, it is not wandering through the house trying to find someone to sting, it is acting defensively because its hiding place has been disturbed. The vultures, however, seem a lot more sinister. ...read more.


coursing through her veins, and in 'Vultures', a "Daddy" has been infected with evil and has become a Nazi officer, not thinking twice about killing someone. In 'Night of the Scorpion', the people in the poem are trying to free the mother from evil, and attempt get rid of it by trying all sorts of odd cures. In 'Vultures', evil is being spread, by both the Nazi officer and by the vultures, and it seems that no action is being taken to try and stop them. Both 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Vultures' can be interpreted in a symbolic way. In 'Night of the Scorpion', the mother suffers terribly because of a scorpion and because of the supposed 'cures' she is given. After all the pain that she goes through at the end of the poem she says: "Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children." This shows how much the mother loves her children and can be interpreted as showing how self-sacrificing mothers are; she is willing to go through such a large ordeal, just for her offspring's sake. ...read more.


Throughout 'Vultures' there is also a dark mood, you are told about the ugly vultures and are given lots of gory imagery: "Yesterday they picked the eyes of a swollen corpse in a water-logged trench and ate the things in its bowel." This violent imagery reinforces the sense of evil you get about the vultures. This imagery is also similar to the imagery in 'Night of the Scorpion' mainly because this is about suffering, death and dying. In 'Vultures', however, the person is already dead, whereas in the other poem the mother is dying and suffering. At the end of 'Vultures', the "perpetuity of evil" is mentioned, this is quite pessimistic and shows that evil is never going to go away. At the end of 'Night of the Scorpion' however, the mother is cured: "After twenty hours it lost its sting." She survives and is now free of suffering and pain, without even any regrets that she was the one who was bitten. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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