Mirror: Analysis

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Sylvia Plath's poetry roots from her harsh life long battle with heart break, death, and depression. It is clear by her work, that life was a daily struggle for this poet. In the research of her poetry, i found one poem in particular that really interested me. My main focus was the poem "Mirror." The narrator of this poem is a wall mirror. At first glance, the mirror appears to be human, based off of its qualities and descriptions. The mirror has the ability to recognize things, such as the small detailed features of the room it is hung in, and the woman that so often looks into it. Such as line 7-8, which says, "It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long. I think it is part of ...view middle of the document...

" The dim light of candles, or moonlight are deceiving, for if you are looking in a mirror through the light of candle or moonlight, or any dim lighting for that matter, your flaws appear less harsh, hiding blemishes or wrinkles, therefor, in some sense, they are lying about your appearance. But the mirror will always be there to set her strait no matter what. It is always faithful and shows her the truth.
Another analysis of this poem might lead you to believe that Plath was struggling to deal with the fact that her outer image was not reflecting that of her inner self. In struggling with depression, or self shame, or any sort of mental disorder, the one suffering might look at themselves as something different than anyone else. Any teenage girl could tell you that looking in a mirror is something you often do, and many a times, the face that is looking back at you is not what you would like, or expect to see. Maybe it is just the way you planned, but it does not reflect your inner being. Plath struggled greatly with depression, so perhaps inside she felt as though she was falling apart, even though she had to put a smile on her face every day. Maybe the candles and moonlight hide the pain in her appearance, but when she looks in the mirror, all she can see is how she feels inside.
"She rewards me with tears..." perhaps she is disappointed in what she has become, therefor crying at her reflection. The last line says, "In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a...

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