Mirror by Sylvia Path- Analysis

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Mirror by Sylvia Path- Analysis

More than a Reflection
                According to Google, " a mirror is an object with atleast one reflective surface, used to show a reflection" ("google definitions"). So what really drives certain people to look at a mirror for more than a reflection? our society has set certain standards for the ideal "beautiful person". If your a person that does not fit into those certain "standards" you can become depressed and insecure. Most people can wake up, brush their teeth, take a shower, and do their normal routine looking at the mirror maybe two or three times, each time being a quick glimpse. While other people will wake up and do their normal routine, which includes staring at themselves in the mirror for minutes to hours. What would cause a person to spend so much time in the mirror? There are many different reasons. This essay will focus on insecurities and low self-esteem, while I also analyze and compare Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" to my own personal experiences.
              Through the persona of a mirror, Sylvia Plath uses a unique imagery to express a truthful relationship with a dark hearted depressed woman. Through the many imageries Plath allows us readers a visual picture of the poem.   The first stanza gives the mirror human qualities, such as being able to speak, see, and swallow, making it a prime example of personification. The mirror also shows personification by being able to be an object that can reach out to its onlookers by being "truthful" and "rewarding". The mirror has a tone that is serious, direct, and honest. An example is when it states, " I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately" (1. 1-3). She is letting the viewers know that the mirror has no opinion formed before evidence, and what it sees is the truth.
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