Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Study Questions

Mirror Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What is the effect of Plath's choice to write the poem from a mirror's perspective?
  2. Why do you think Plath switched the perspective from a mirror to a lake?
  3. Would this poem read differently if it had been written by a man? What about if a man was visiting the lake?
  4. How does this poem relate to feminism?
  5. How old do you think the woman in the poem is?
  6. Growing older is scary in this poem. When you think of yourself aging, is it scary like that "terrible fish"?

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