The Minotaur Langston Hughes Analysis

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The Minotaur is a particularly fierce example of Hughes’ poetic criticism against his wife Sylvia Plath. Hughes presents a very subjective view of a situation that happened in Hughes and Plath’s married life. He trivialises the situation through juxtaposing strong words like “demented” with the insignificance of “being twenty minutes late for baby minding”. Hughes uses direct quotes to present himself as a supportive and helpful mentor and takes credit for her creative pursuits through the personification of Plath’s conscience as a goblin. His calm and supportive nature is juxtaposed through his portrayal of Plath as an unstable, explosive woman through the use of personal pronouns and strong onomatopoeia such as “you smashed” and “you swung”.…show more content…
He polarises her life into red and white, saying “In the pit of red, you hid from the bone-clinic whiteness”, using negative metaphorical connotations for both colours. He feels that when she gave up blue, she lost normality, symbolising blue as a precious “jewel” which she lost. Hughes’ view of the colour blue is conflicted in Sylvia when Plath suicides. By wearing dull blue-grey clothing in this scene, Plath’s happiness is paralleled with vibrant red colours. Sombre non-diegetic music sets the mood, while an extreme close-up focuses on her fumbling hands. Voice over is used while Plath is recites her poem, “The Arrival of the Bee Box”, which metaphorically captures her search for freedom, and the director’s perspective that Plath’s suicide freed her from the trappings of her unfaithful lover. The picture book The Emperors New Clothes shows how perspectives which conflict are often changed to conform. Hughes’ Red conveys conflicting perspectives through the personification of colour into personalities of Plath. The Minotaur shows Hughes’ subjective view and conflicts with Plath’s view portrayed in

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