Mirror by Sylvia Plath, Analysis

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The use of Personification and Metaphor in ‘Mirror’

In the Poem ‘Mirror’ by Sylvia Plath, there is a continuing theme of change. In the beginning the changes are simple, like the acts of day turning to night, but at the end we see the life changes of a woman in particular. Through the use of metaphor and personification in the poem, Plath creates images of water, reflections, and colors as having human characteristics to emphasize the strong theme of change throughout the poem.
From the beginning of the poem, we see that it revolves around water. We find out that the mirror is "unmisted" and "swallows" everything. We see that by the end of the poem, a girl is drowning and a fish is rising to take over her. In the poem water is both a
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In line 9 we get our first glimpse of darkness, which separates the mirror from the pink wall. The mirror also mentions that faces play a part in this separation. Later in the poem we hear that, the candles and the moon are liars, and that the light that they provide is false. The mirror 's declaration personifies the candles and the moons, giving them human qualities, like the ability to lie. (Shmoop Editorial Team)
In a poem about a mirror, we can expect a lot of reflections. Plath only uses the word "reflect" once, though. Instead of just repeating this word again and again, she uses personification and metaphor to get her point across. The emphasis on reflections in this poem shows the importance of appearance to the woman in the poem. Line 2 is also an example of personification because mirrors don 't see or swallow anything but Plath 's poem makes this character so believable that we have to remind ourselves that mirrors don 't have eyes or mouths. In line 6 the metaphor is that the mirror is reflecting the opposite wall, not "meditating on" it and the personification is that mirrors don 't meditate, but people do. In lines 7-8 we have another example of personification used to create a metaphor for reflection because mirrors don 't see and they don 't look. In line 11 the mirror is a lake, and a woman is searching its waters to learn something about herself. The woman is treating her reflection in the water as if it could

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