Medusa is told in the first person as a dramatic monologue by a woman who is insecure and worried that her husband is cheating on her. The poem begins: ‘A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy’ and it is this jealousy which has turned the woman into a gorgon and now everything she looks at turns to stone. This feeling of doubt resonates throughout the poem, exemplified in the line, ‘but I know you’ll go, betray me, stray from home’. Unlike our feelings towards the traditional monstrous character, this poem evokes empathy for the character as she is clearly distressed and suffering. Especially when she reminisces in the final stanza about the time she was young and beautiful, illustrating her complete lack of confidence.
I know this because Lysandra still hates Elaine and now directs her famous, hateful poetry at her years later. Elaine proves this by saying, “The words claw out from the page like so many birds of prey. And all of them seem to be moving in my direction.” (73). Lysandra’s conflict with herself (inability to forgive and move forward) is a negative way in dealing with conflicts or treating your friends. I know this because Lysandra is holding a grudge on something that happened a while back that could’ve been a great friend-ship, she’s also famous now so why does it matter?
I feel bad and sad for the victims, because a woman can’t do anything when a man punches her. “Abusers often attempt to control and isolate victims in an effort to guard the secret of abuse and because of their jealously of any attention their partners may give or receive from family, friends, or coworkers” (Gagné 19). As the time passes, women will have bruising, bleeding, and scars that will never heal. A man hits a woman probably because he wants to act “macho”. He might be drunk or he only does it because he likes it.
To What Extent Does Tennessee Williams’ Symbolic Use of Light Play a Part in His Tragic Representation of Blanche DuBois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’? A Streetcar Named Desire centres on a desolated woman named Blanche DuBois; reared in Old South aristocratic traditions, she lived elegantly in her family homestead, married a man she adored, and pursued a career as an English teacher. Her life was tragically and dramatically ripped apart when she discovered that her husband, Allen Grey, was having a homosexual affair; disgraced, he killed himself and Blanche’s life crumbled down around her along with the walls of her beloved Belle Rive. Williams uses intricate, clever and powerful imagery and symbolism throughout the play in order to build up a sense of poignancy and tragic drama. These help to build up a very convoluted and elaborate character within Blanche with whom the audience can emphasise with and get a clearer understanding of.
Her "shaved head", "flaxen" hair and "tar-black face" were apparently, beautiful. Along with her "brain's exposed" and her "muscles webbing", they make the reader feel she is somehow delicate and fragile, the way she was first introduced in the poem. However the words "noose", "undernourished" and "bandage" bring a sense of gloom over the reader. The reader, like the poet, is beginning to feel bad for the girl. We realize she is being punished for adultery as well, and is called "my poor scapegoat" by the poet.
The imagery which is used in this poem is also used to show the tone and theme. The imagery used can make one sick from the harsh description of this battlefield. Such as, in lines 21-23 “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood/ Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs/
In the poem, Duffy uses different themes, structures and writing techniques to convey different emotions and actions. A main theme that she uses is destruction, not only of the world around her, but also the destruction of herself. For example, ’I glanced at a singing bird, a handful of dusty gravel spattered down.’ This could show the world and natural beauty being ruined whereas the line, ‘I’m foul mouthed now, foul tongued, yellow fanged’ shows the corrosion of Medusa. A technique that is used in Medusa is symbolism. When the destruction of the world around her is described, this could symbolism the destruction of her.
Review Essay “What is Poverty” Jo Goodwin Parker’s article “What is Poverty?” summarizes her ideas of the true definition of poverty. The article is harsh and direct and makes the reader feel uncomfortable while reading it. Parker’s stern and caustic tone throughout the article shows her anger; she’s throwing her anger to the reader. Though her ethical and logical appeals are extremely weak, her emotional appeal is excessively strong. Parker directs this article at the reader and attacks the reader’s emotions through her harsh tone, graphic content, and lack of rhetorical appeal.
To begin with, society creates discrimination which results injustice and hate among individuals and different groups in the society. Injustice creates discernment in the society by means of treating someone unfairly. For example, the poem “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe, she is force to speak, write and communicate in the way that school wants from her. This shows a conflict between Rita and her society that forces her to deny her identity and accept new norms and standards that leads her to admit the new identity around her. In the same way, hatred leads to hate toward someone or something.
This gives me the image of Plath standing in front of the mirror and crying, rubbing her hands uncomfortably. I feel this reflects how the poet is truly feeling and how unhappy she is with her life, thus revealing a tormented and anguished persona. I believe we have all felt like this at one time or another when we have stood in front of a mirror. It may have been a physical defect or an internal unhappiness, which torments us and leads to anguish and despair. In the poem “The Times are Tidy” which is about the loss of imagination and excitement, Plath laments the loss of legendary heroism, medieval dragons and wicked witches.