The Toothbrush To The Bicycle Tire Poem Analysis

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While the two poems before analyzed the relationship between mother and daughter, the next two show the impact that these types of relationships have on the daughters future relationships. “The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire” is about love. It is about the perfect girl trying to help the struggling boy. The boy is the bicycle tire, always dirty and muddy, always hurting the person he loves, whether it is intentional or not. “They said that you would tread all over me,” (line 3). The toothbrush, or girl, is the happy girl, she is the one who is trying to save the boy. “They told me that I was meant for the cleaner life;” (line 1). Both of those lines exemplify the way that the speaker wants the girl and boy portrayed. She wants to save the boy and she can’t, she’ll always be waiting for him to come back.…show more content…
She explains how her daughter will look for the boy who is struggling, so she can fix him. This is typical of many girls, wanting to be the good girl who fixes the broken boy. This is what “The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire” reflects. This also reflects upon the relationship between the mother and daughter in “B” mainly because the mother anticipates this type of relationship and knows how she is going to handle it. This is a good relationship between the mother and daughter, although just because the relationship between the mother and daughter is good it doesn’t mean the daughter understands how a good relationship should be. The speaker in “B” even references it in lines 19-24. She says that the daughter will be looking for that boy that causes problems, the boy who has had a rough life, and she will try and fix him. This is exactly what “The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire” is about. Both of these reinforce the idea of the way media and books portray relationships, the girl trying to fix the guy and it all working out in the end. It is about the chase, not the actual
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