Child and Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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It is commonly believed that in the ancient time, women suffered from the prejudice that they were inferior and should be controlled and shaped by men. With the resurgence of self-awareness and enhancement of feminism, women have been increasingly independent and eager to assert themselves physically and mentally. Whereas, admittedly, their fragile and instinct side is indispensable with no exception to all human beings, which, in comparison with men, they hold more stress from the whole society and individual. Sylvia Plath's poems, Child and Mirror, are exuberant in feeling and thinking and represent women's deep disappointment by vivid and detailed description. Sylvia Plath's Child depicts her disappointing emotional statement owing to the world in which her child is being raised, and radically it derives from her instinct and affection as a mother. The poem begins with a cheerful and sincere tone represented by the symbols of beauty, innocence and the wonder of childhood. Stacks of positive metaphors, like" The zoo of the new" "April snowdrop" and "Indian pipe" reinforced the idyllic form of childhood. The positive tones turn negative by the sentence 'Pool in which images should be grand and classical'. Besides, 'wringing of hands' and 'ceiling without a star emphasize her concerns to her child and explicit her disappointment towards this horrible world. Disappointment here actually describes a sort of vulnerable status of women in some specific situations relating closely to their children. Furthermore, Plath's Mirror also reveals women's disappointment, but which is different, from aging and her sense of loss. The subject matter, mirror, is personified, symbolising women's constant desire to remain young. . The mirror is similarly seen to symbolise the disappointment one feels when age begins to alter her appearance and the cruel reality. Moreover, the

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