Blizzard Sylvia Plath Analysis

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In “ Blizzard” Sylvia Plath shows us the ritual a woman practices every day by looking into a mirror.The author gives the mirror a voice for it to communicate its thoughts across to us. Sylvia Plath uses imagery figures of speech and symbolism to show us that everyone will be forced to face the truth of aging , and death which in the end is inevitable.

The author uses particularly strong figures of speech to show us the perspective of a mirror in a such a way, which is easy for us to relate to. The honesty of the mirror is proven to us with the lines “Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful.” The mirror has only one job which is to show the truth, even if the person on the other side disagrees with it. The Mirror hangs on the wall forever. “Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.” Sylvia Plath is suggesting that the mirror is a friend which will always be with the person in the years to come. It will never change its feeling for her and will always be at her side for her to retreat to.
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She scares us of what we will become in the final moments before our death. It remembers the light the woman brought with her every morning by rescuing it from the deep depths of the darkness that enveloped it“Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.” The mirror recalls the first meeting with the woman from when she was young.“In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.” Plath links the fish to the woman as they both slowly float to the surface of death.

The author Sylvia Plath creates a strong statement about truth through the personification a mirror. The woman must face the undeniable truth of death and continue on her journey through life.Through it all Sylvia Plath uses her mastery of imagery and symbolism to instill in us the effect that the truth can have on
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