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by Sylvia Plath

Women and Femininity Theme

The only other character in "Mirror" is a woman. While the speaker makes no explicit statement about what it means to be female, this poem looks at what is important to a female character from the point of view of a speaker claiming to be unbiased. Our speaker, a mirror, reveals a woman concerned about her appearance and aging.

Questions About Women and Femininity

  1. If the mirror had a gender, would it be male or female? Would the lake be the same gender?
  2. How would the poem be different if the character in the second stanza were a man and not a woman?
  3. Why is the lake important to the woman in this poem?
  4. What do you imagine the woman in this poem looks like?

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This poem explores women's relationships with their physical appearances.

This poem suggests that for women, old age is terrifying.

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