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Marks by Linda Pastan develops an idea of being in school It also deals with the frustrations of life The woman is telling the story from her point of view how she sees what is going on After reading the title of this poem I wondered what the poem is about Is it about someone in school Or someone and left with been hit who has marks or could it be someone seeing marks on something trying to figure out what the marks may be I didnt know what to expect in the poem but I had a feeling it was something negative that it wasnt going to be a happy poemThe poem is about how the wifemother is dealing with life She is frustrated that everyone in her family continuously judges her They are grading everything she says and does She feels she no longer wants to be a part of life anymore as she says she is dropping out in the end of the poem Her husband doesnt think she is the best her son only believes she is average and her daughter just passes herThe poem is a controlling metaphor The poem is referring to her life as if she was in school taking a test The test is her life and she is being heavily graded upon what she does and says by all her teachers and peers In line 1 she says My husband gives me an A for last nights supper This is a good critique but the only good part in this short poem The rest of her grades are OK or not great which makes her feel frustrated that everyone is grading her and judging her She gets to the point where she is going to drop out of the test of lifeThis poem reminded me of how I felt not too long ago when I was being judged on everything I did I hated it
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