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Salome- Carol Ann Duffy- Analysis

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Salome I'd done it before (and doubtless I'll do it again, sooner or later) woke up with a head on the pillow beside me -whose? - what did it matter? Good- looking, of course, dark hair, rather matted; the reddish beard several shades lighter; with very deep lines around the eyes, from pain, I'd guess, maybe laughter; and a beautiful crimson mouth that obviously knew how to flatter... which I kissed... Colder than pewter. Strange. What was his name? Peter? Simon? Andrew? John? J knew I'd feel better for tea, dry toast, no butter, so rang for the maid. And, indeed, her innocent clatter of cups and plates, her clearing of clutter, her regional patter, were just what needed - hungover and wrecked as J was from a night on the batter. Never again! I needed to clean up my act, get fitter, cut out the booze and the fags and the sex. ...read more.


Salome seems emotionless at everything around her, or like she's trying to cover it up with a front of airy carelessness. Her confusion is obvious, as she try's to remember, and finds having someone next to her wrong or strange. Like she's in a sort of denial, that all the things around her are just her imagination and unimportant. Stanza 2 In this stanza, Salome seems to be trying to avoid thinking of what she's done, or she doesn't seem to think much of it. Example: "I'd feel better for tea..." Salome seems careless in Stanza 1, but in this stanza she mentions "feeling better". It's like she knows she's done something bad, and it's putting her on edge, taunting her memory. So she's trying to distract herself from it, banish the attachment to emotion or anything negative. She also concentrates on the maid, describing small details of her walk, her sounds, her movement. ...read more.


It sounds sinister, reckless and raises our suspicion. But the way the speaker says it sounds like she describing someone else, the same "It wasn't my fault " thinking. The front has come down like a suit of armour, hiding away the wreck underneath. Stanza 4 Stanza four is shocking, as Salome has regained control and is covering up her outburst with a sinister way of thinking. Quote: "My eyes glitter." "I flung back..." She sounds nasty and evil, like she revealing her true colours. But I think Salome blames the man for his own death, that it's his fault. That man didn't have to come with her, he should of known what was going to happen. It's this whole different reality, and the Real Salome is lost somewhere, probably screaming for help. It's like she trying to defend herself for her shocking actions, which is also linked to addiction. That it's anyone else's fault, apart from the real culprit. She wont accept that it's her, she wont accept herself. The denial is back in place, ready to replay the same scene again. ...read more.

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