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Poem Analysis On Medusa (Carol Ann Duffy) Branksome Hall English Poem Analysis Essay

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As analysing medusa, it gave me the idea to understand medusa once again. Who is medusa? Medusa was a gorgon who had 2 older sisters, but she was the fairest of them all. But she fell in love with the god of the sea, Poseidon. They shared love in Athena’s shrine, and they were caught, and Athena turned Medusa into a terrible monster. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head, which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device. But why did Duffy, tried to make the character medusa, and wanted to talk in her point of view?
As from the first stanza, ‘jealously, doubt, and suspicion’ are negative emotions which are growing in her head, we can see that medusa is being suspicious about her lover, worried about that he might leave her. But those emotions become a living snake which occupies her head. Using personification, we can easily imagine the emotions being dominant in her mind and rules it. And by using ‘hissed and spat’, which is onomatopoeic, the sounds associate with the things or actions.
At the second stanza, Duffy used two alliteration, bride’s breath and sour, stank - which flow into each other and represent the transmutation of Medusa’s thoughts. suggesting her anger that the happy bride she once was has been destroyed. Also in the second line which her pick lung becoming grey, we can know that the negative emotions corrupting her entire body. Her transformation from a ‘bride’ to a fully developed Gorgon monster is complete; jealousy has spread and wholly consumed her. The word ‘yellow’ has connotations of disease and decay while the repetition of the word ‘foul’ serves to highlight the disgust of her transformation. The bullet tears can mean 2 different things. First, it could be the meaning of her being non-human, and secondly, it could mean she is now dangerous and can harm people. She ends the stanza with a rhetorical question used to involve and intimidate the reader, but also ironic since in this situation she is powerless.
The third stanza starts with answering the question about if ‘you’ are terrified. The tone changes here from having low self...

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