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Ariel

Ariel

by Sylvia Plath

Power Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

And I
Am the arrow,

The dew that flies
Suicidal, at one with the drive
Into the red

Eye, the cauldron of morning. (26-31)

The speaker is ultimately able to gain power by submitting to the drive, to the will of Ariel. In giving up her attempts to control her situation, the speaker is set free. Her drive into the sun is couched in morbid language—it's "suicidal"—but the suicide here is the death of her former self. This "suicide" gives her the power to be united with nature, to harness Ariel's awesome power.

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