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Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

  

by Adrienne Rich

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Summary

The speaker tells us about her Aunt Jennifer's needlework tapestry, which features beautiful bright tigers prancing. Snazzy! The tigers are strong and have no fears, so they've got that going for them. Aunt Jennifer, though, is not so free. The speaker tells us about the metaphorical weight of Aunt Jennifer's wedding band, and implies that her marriage was unhappy and held her back from the life that she wanted to live. The speaker then tells us that, when Aunt Jennifer is dead, she will still wear the ring that symbolizes the marriage that trapped her. Major bummer. But, the speaker says, silver lining alert! The tigers will keep prancing in her needlework, and Aunt Jennifer will be immortalized through her art.

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