Analysis Of The Poem ' Lady Lazarus '

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In the poem Lady Lazarus, there are many images that invoke the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The encounters that Lady Lazarus had with death both accidental and intentional resonates a dark and grim tone throughout the poem. Looking at the lines four and five, she makes a reference to the lampshades that were made out of the skin of slaughtered Jews by the Nazis. With this reference she wants readers to make that connection between her and the Holocaust victims. As we go down to lines ten through fifteen, she tells the readers to "peel off the napkin" referring to the white sheet used to cover corpses to view her face. She also describes herself having eye pits instead of eyes and "stinking sour breath". With those references, I interpret that as although technically she is alive, her body is almost dead. We get more of the gruesomeness of the speaker coming back to life in lines sixteen through eighteen Lady Lazarus states that the “grave cave”, which is symbolism of death, ate the flesh that was on her within her home. In line twenty one, she briefly compares herself to having the nine lives of a cat through a simile but in a much grimmer version by saying she has nine times to die. When Lady Lazarus refers to annihilating “a trash” in lines twenty three to twenty four, my interpretation of that statement is that she is speaking about death. Once a decade she comes close to dying. In effect, she is calling her life, otherwise referred to her body as a
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