Slyvia Plath Essay

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     Sylvia Plath's "Mirror," shows a truly thoughtful look into the different sights and feelings a mirror would have if it were a live conscious being, unable to lie. By showing the thoughts and emotions that a mirror would emit, Plath makes you look inward towards how you present yourself not only to your mirror but also to yourself. This is an eye-opening poem because of its truthful descriptions of the relationship between the inner feelings of people and how their outward appearances that they portray of themselves affect them in and out of the public realm. Examples of this are put throughout the poem "Mirror," and can be found in just about every line of the poem.
     In the beginning of "Mirror," the mirror states that it has no preconceptions and whatever it sees it takes in automatically, meaning that it's unbiased in every way. It is not a vessel to be cruel, but to only to be truthful and like that of an "eye of a little god." By saying this, Plath is telling the reader that a mirror, although it can be thought of as mocking and scornful, is nothing but a mirror image. This shows us that the only discrepancy that we see in a mirror is not made by the mirror, but is created by our own psyche, self-conscience, and self-perceptions. All a mirror is, is a projection of what we think and feel about ourselves, may it be an image that comes from another's perceptions of us or not. In any aspect, a mirror is just that, it is our own perception of ourselves, no matter how we may actually look like in the mirror.
     The next section of the poem introduces a woman into the...

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