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|American Literature||All American Literature|
|Author||Plath - Sylvia Plath|
...a mirror describes the things it reflects, including the woman who uses it regularly.
Why might the mirror be important to this woman?
Could it be because she’s vain and likes to look at herself?
Perhaps the woman is so preoccupied with her appearance that she can't help looking at
her reflection in the mirror again...
That would certainly make the mirror feel important...
...or maybe just put-upon. Or could the mirror be important to the woman
because it helps her see… what she wants to see?
The mirror shows the woman her reflection...
...but that doesn't mean she can't focus only on certain aspects of what she sees in the
mirror. Or could the mirror be important because it
shows her the truth?
If the woman has a piece of broccoli stuck in her teeth, the mirror isn’t polite about
...and, as the woman grows older, the mirror shows she's aging.
Maybe what the woman really wants is to know what she truly looks like…
…even when there are things about her appearance that she can't change.
So, why is the mirror so important?
Is it because the woman is vain about her appearance?
Is it because it allows her to see what she wants to see?
Or because it shows her the truth about how she looks?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.