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'The Seduction' Eileen McAuley'To His Coy Mistress' Andrew Marvell Eileen McAuley's 'The Seduction' is set against the bleak surroundings of Merseyside. The

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'The Seduction' Eileen McAuley 'To His Coy Mistress' Andrew Marvell Eileen McAuley's 'The Seduction' is set against the bleak surroundings of Merseyside. The purpose of the story is to show a teenage girl's predicament after getting drunk at a party. The poet contrasts the girl's ideas of love and sex with reality. This is done effectively by using techniques such as similes and alliteration. The poem shows how young teenage girls can be easily seduced under the influence of alcohol. 'The Seduction' also shows how young girls can be manipulated by the media. McAuley presents the setting for the seduction of the girl as harsh through use of language and imagery. The setting is described using phrases such as 'far from the blind windows of the tower blocks'. The words 'tower blocks' gives the setting a threatening atmosphere. Also the words 'blind windows' adds mystery to the setting. This is because the two words are contrasting. The word 'blind' is usually associated with visionless. ...read more.

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This is because it shows that the girl has paid close attention to the magazines, also that she possibly collects them because she has read many of them. McAuley contrasts the girl's naive views with the girls' imminent future. McAuley presents the future of the girl as bleak by revealing what the girl will miss. 'Where you walk hand' in hand in an acne'd wonderland'. This line describes childhood and teenage life. It shows how the girl is going to miss important parts of her childhood. Another poem concerned with sexual attraction is Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress written in the seventeenth century. The poem outlines a man attempting to seduce a woman to sleep with him. The man tries to seduce a woman through persuasive language. Unlike in 'The Seduction' the man in 'To His Coy Mistress' uses other methods to try to perform his seduction. His methods are more respectable because he tries to use his own wits instead of alcohol. ...read more.

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'So she cried that she had missed all the innocence around her'. This line shows that the girl is anxious about the future. McAuley makes good use of the word 'cried to show that the girl is showing true emotion. The basic purpose of 'The Seduction and 'To His Coy Mistress' is to show the effects of a seduction. 'The Seduction' focuses on a teenage seduction whereas 'To His Coy Mistress' focuses on a more matured seduction. McAuley's poem 'The Seduction' is critical of teenage magazines. McAuley shows a disliking attitude towards the contents of teenage magazines. This may be because she is against the way love and romance is presented these types of magazines. McAuley is also critical of society's attitude towards teenage pregnancy. She explores how things like anorexia and drugs amongst teenagers are accepted by society and how teenage pregnancy is not. McAuley also criticizes prejudice and stereotyping in the society. I enjoyed reading both 'The Seduction' and 'To His Coy Mistress'. I preferred Eileen McAuley's 'The Seduction because it has a more meaningful message, also because it is directed at my age group. ?? ?? ?? ?? Uche Umekwe ...read more.

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