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A mother is often very possessive with her things namely her children Sharon Olds depicts a mothers feelings about her daughter in her work The Possessive In it she uses detailed figures of speech to help illustrate the deeply rooted feelings and issues behind her poem When analyzing this poem it is necessary to break down these figures of speech and determine how they affect the understanding of the poem The speaker of the poem is a mother She describes the actions of her daughters visit to the barber She uses very harsh language to describe this haircut calling the barber a knife grinder Right off the bat we see that the mother does not want the daughter to go through with this haircut This is seen by the exaggeration and strong emphasis put on the level of danger involved in the haircut When she mentions the curtain of dark paper-cuts that veils the face she suggests this harmfulness that is involved in the process Paper-cuts suggest much pain especially since they are on the face They also show a change in the daughter that the mother does not like The blade of new bangs hangs over her red-brown eyes like carbon steel Even more change is taking place in the daughter to the point that the mothers vision of her daughter is obstructed by her new look Carbon steel covering her face represents the covering up of the girl the mother once knew Going back to the beginning of the poem the reason for the abrasive attitude of the mother is given My daughter as if I owned her shows the jealousy of the mother She is no longer mommys little girl but is becoming more of her own person on her own The possession and control that the mother once had of her daughter does not exist any longer So the mother uses the text of the poem
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