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Mirror by Sylvia Plath
Transcript of Mirror by Sylvia Plath
-However, Plath uses slant rhymes such as "darkness" and "fish"
-Also incorporates repetition: "day after day" and "over and over" -Mostly visual (hmmm)
-Emphasis on visual imagery reiterates the motif of vanity and the woman's absorption in her appearance
-The woman ages every day and the mirror reflects this, but the mirror itself doesn't change
-The woman clearly fears aging
-She is disturbed by her old age and reacts to her reflection with "tears and an agitation of hands" -Although she bends over the lake in the manner of Narcissus, the woman does not fall in love with her own image as he did; rather, she is filled with self-loathing at what she sees
-She apparently accepts gender roles and the stereotypes that her culture created Critical perspective #2 She is the woman as male-defined ideal or as the ideal manqué, the woman who desires to remain forever the "young girl" and who "turns to those liars, the candles or the moon" for confirmation of the man-pleasing myth of perpetual youth, docility, and sexual allure In “Mirror”, Sylvia Plath executes various forms of literary devices, such as symbolism, to highlight the fleetingness of time and consequently, the speaker’s attitude toward truthfulness.