The Woman Who Speaks to the Man Who Employrs Her Son

1518 Words Nov 7th, 2012 7 Pages
The Woman Speaks to the Man Who Has Employed Her Son
Summary: The persona in this poem is telling the story of a mother who loved her son. The mother became aware of the child's presence when she experienced morning sickness. She placed all her hopes in the child and raised him as a single parent because his father was indifferent to the child's existence. The mother had set no barriers on what the child could become, but he grows up to work for some criminal who drags him into a war and gives him a firearm.
The son tells his mother that his employer is like a father to him, but the mother wonders at the father figure who purposefully endangers his child. She prepares for her son's death by going downtown to buy funeral apparel. The mother
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Devices: 1. Simile: * Lines 9-10: “She carried him like the poor carry hope” Poor people have no wealth and usually no chance of breaking through poverty. Hope for life to improve is all they have. Hence the writer compares to the mother to poor people carrying hope in the sense that she carried the boy in her womb and took care of him like he was the only thing she had. She invested all her faith, love and attention into him hoping that he would become successful in life one day.

* Line 25: “He says you are like a father to him” The son compares the ‘employer’ to a father, stating that the employer values him. The son is fooled in thinking that the criminal employer cares him when actually the man just want to use the boy as one his of minions in a war. The son is brainwashed so badly that he believes the man gave him the gun because he valued him.

2. Sarcasm: The persona appears to praise the child's father by referring to him as 'fair- minded'. She is, however, chastising him for not only ignoring his son, but all of his other children. She calls him fair, but what she really means is that he is unjust.

3. Irony: The son innocently tells his mother that his employer values him so much that he gave him a whole submachine gun for himself. The irony in this situation is that if you really care about someone, you do NOT give…