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LIPSTICK ON THE MIRROR(USE THIS ONE)
Transcript of LIPSTICK ON THE MIRROR(USE THIS ONE)
O: The speaker describes the women who are constantly trying to alter their appearance to fit in with the ever changing social media and its ideas.
P: The Mirrors plant false beliefs in women's minds tricking them into believing that to achieve true beauty, they must transform into a faceless society, looking just like everyone else. One's constant restructuring of one's appearance results from the advertising within society which is truly vain and consumed with the perfect image. Form: Continuous/Free Verse
Syntax: Sentences + rhetorical questions
(Most important- "Who is the fairest of them all" resulting in the same exact answer "Thou, Majesty, thou.")
The poem is barraged with symbols of beauty(Hollywood)
Great usage of commas Line 11: Were the envy of women half her age...
Line 13: Crone, you'd seem chiseled of the same Parian....
Mood: The mood represents anger towards the fact that advertisements have a negative impact towards women by lowering their self confidence.
*envy=jealousy amongst women=bad=results in feeling of anger
*sympathetic=reaction of society to women who don't conform to specific appearance=crone
Tone: The tone is critical by the fact that society views women as being vain. Lines 28-29: In powders and vials the Wicked Queen's
Essence was suffused like a scentless gas Lines 1-2: For years the Mirror reported her doings
With every appearance of respect:
*The lines show how the advertising within society results in people looking constantly for flaws in their “appearance” rather than personality. Resulting in women trying to achieve higher status based on looks, defining them as vain. Line 16: " Industries sprang up like bramble. "
Line 30: " Essence was suffused like scentless gas. "
These similes show how one dominating definition of beauty can cause women to feel self-conscious. Due to this feeling, women reconstruct their appearance in order to conform more to this definition. Lines 4-6: Where did she buy her adorable shoes? / How large are her sapphires? How rare / her pearls?
These lines show how many expensive and beautiful objects of desire the queen has and causes the 'common' women to feel under dressed and jealous. Due to this acquired jealousy, the 'common' women will become vain and consumed with image because they will buy more products to become like the queen. Lines 9-10: Diadems of diamonds replacing
buns and braids
*The repetition of a consonant is used to persuade the fact that women are conforming to society's definition of beauty. In this case, the fact that diamonds are replacing both buns and braids are used to describe that what advertisements portray as beautiful are taking over in the lives of many women. by Tom Disch Hermila Amezquita, Varshini Ananta, Julie Lunnon, Roshini Malempati S.O.A.P. Lipstick on the Mirror For years the mirror reported her doings
With every appearance of respect:
What is the Wicked Queen wearing tonight?
Where did she buy her adorable shoes?
How large are her sapphires? How rare
Her pearls? Girls throughout the realm
Would lap it up, gazing their lesser
Mirrors to see themselves in royal attire,
Diadems of diamonds replacing buns
And braids. Her teeth and décolletage
Were the envy of women half her age,
Whose compact mirrors would whisper:
Crone, you'd seem chiseled of the same Parian,
With a milder soap, a better dentrifice.
Try these. Buy this. Inhale her fragrance.
Industries sprang up like bramble. Families
Grew rich from sale of ribbons and laces,
Enhancers and foundation cremes,
Hoisery bras, as consumers, enchanted,
Near and far, lavished endearments
On softer skin, more sparkling eyes.
In Bogota, in Marrakesh, among the Slovaks Symbol: The "Wicked Queen's Essence" is a symbol for the distribution of negative thoughts because it reveals how her vanity spreads out towards other women.
*Negative thoughts pertain to the fact that women have a build up of self loathing and increase in vanity all because the "Wicked Queen's" terms of beauty are only what is acceptable and considered perfect in society. Lines 35-36: and still the lips
In the silver glass reply, "Thou, Majesty, thou."
*The silver glass aka the social media continues to believe that the Wicked Queen is most beautiful, revealing the fact that society has no consideration for the negative effects ads have on women. These negative effects include vanity as well as self-hating behavior. Lines 12-13: Whose compact mirrors would whisper:
Crone, you'd seem chiseled of the same Parian
*The mirrors make women feel imperfect and full of impurities, implanting their lies into their minds, compelling them to be obsessed with reaching the perfect body image. and the Esths, the face of the distant
Sovereigns began to melt and coalesce
With the faces of all the women fair and rich:
Movie starlets, heiresses, cruel
Dictatrices, anchorwomen, teen murderesses
Able to sell their tale to Hollywood.
In powders and vials the Wicked Queen's
Essence was suffused like a scentless gas
Throughout her realm, democratizing
Vanity. Ah, but still, insatiate,
She sits before her Mirror and crimson lips
Tense in a smile to ask her confidante
Who is the fairest of them all, and still the lips
In the silver glass reply, "Thou, Majesty, thou."
Tom Disch Line 21: On softer skin, more sparkling eyes Allusion/Oxymoron Line 3: What is the Wicked Queen wearing tonight? Euphony Line 15: Try these. Buy this. Inhale her fragrance Euphony: The sentences show how advertising has the ability to persuade the consumer for their very own gain.
*These harmonious sentences influences the women to try on and then buy the products that make them look "beautiful" in the eyes of society and their corrupt definition of beauty. *The use of the element in line 21, in addition, reveals how advertisements persuade women to buy more products, making them more self conscious about their appearance. Allusion: The allusion in this sentence refers to the character known as the Wicked Queen in the fairytale Snow White. This reveals the fact that many girls, like Snow White, are victims of the wicked queen, society's definition of beauty. Oxymoron: When one thinks of a queen, the terms caring, compassionate and fair come to mind. Yet the queen in the poem " Lipstick on the Mirror" is referred to as a "wicked queen" telling the reader that this is not a stereotypical queen at all. Connotation THANK YOU! Lines 3-6: What is the Wicked Queen wearing tonight? / Where did she buy her adorable shoes? / How large are her sapphires? How rare / her pearls?
Analysis: The queen is described as a "wicked" person, who likes to wear fine looking clothes. The words "large and rare" emphasize the fact that her sapphires and pearls are not just regular pearls and sapphires but better and more special pearls and sapphires that no one else could have, due to the fact that she is queen, reigning higher than everybody else. This reveals of how society tries to make "true beauty" unachievable. Hyperbole Line 24-25: Sovereign began to melt and coalesce / With the faces of all women fair and rich: /
In the lines 24-25, the exaggeration of faces sticking together is truly just another way to express that woman think that their looks should be just like the queen . Conclusion In conclusion, the poem "Lipstick on the Mirror" portrays the women as human beings who are obsessed with self image and beauty. The women's mirrors are portrayed as objects with a personality and a voice, criticizing the women on how ugly they look to society and that the only solution to looking beautiful is to buy material items and cover up their true beauty. Society defines beauty as looking like this and expects the women to conform to that one definition. What we can learn from this is that women tend to look more towards the physical aspects of beauty than what is on the inside due to society and its influences. Tom Disch Born February 1940 and died July 2008
Wrote poetry + nonfiction novels
Wrote children's books.
Disch committed suicide (partner died)
Writes in a negative theme