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            In “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath, the
speaker, which is a mirror, voices its point of view. The tone of the first
stanza of the poem is rather unemotional because the mirror is describing itself
and its features. The tone of the second stanza of the poem is gloomy and
melancholic, because the mirror is describing how the woman is depressed when
she looks into it due to her aging throughout the years. The speaker uses words
such as “tears” (14) and “agitation” (14) to describe how the narrator is
feeling.

            The mirror is symbolic of the fact
that as people grow, their appearances change and they may show signs of aging.
This include features such as eye bags or wrinkles that weren’t there before. The
mirror also symbolized truth because a mirror doesn’t reflect any imperfections
a person may have, but instead just reflect the images as they appear in front
of them. The poem was written in the 1960s, during the time when the women’s
movement was becoming more legit and well known. The poem is describing what it
means for a woman to age and change physically, and how it affects their
emotional state. A major theme of the poem is time. The woman is looking into
the mirror and as the years go by, she realizes that her youth is slipping
away, and her face is forming wrinkles and eye bags. The woman does not seem to
be happy with her aging and time is the culprit. Time is the cause of her
sorrow. Time is what caused her youth to slip away. The metaphor, “Then she
turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.” refers to the moon and candles
as “liars” since they don’t show a person’s true reflection. The moon or
candlelight may make a person appear more beautiful than they actually are and
tend to mask any imperfections a person may have. In the simile, “and in me an
old woman, rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.”, the fish represents
the old woman and her changed physical appearance, which is now like a “terrible
fish”.  The use of repetition of the
words “day after day” and “over and over” work to emphasize the passing of time
and the woman aging. The poem shows several examples of imagery which portray
the concept of how people are self-absorbed and big on their appearances. One
such example is the description of the mirror itself, “I am silver and exact”.  The speaker shows how people, especially
women, are so focused on how they look to other members of society, that they often
find ways to fit in, which usually makes them unhappy and sorrowful.

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