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Sylvia Plaths Mirror is a poem that deals with truths and lies and the progression of a woman towards old age Oftentimes the truth of a person is not what is perceived by ones peers resulting in the lies caused by opinion The literary device of personification is utilized by the poet when she assigns human qualities to the mirror The mirror itself is a premier symbol in that it is not cruel only truthful line 4 The mirror is the embodiment of truth reflecting back at its gazer whatever it is presented with The mirror is also the speaker of the poem and because of that we receive not the feelings of the girl or woman but the feelings of that person as perceived by the mirror The search for truth is introduced in the first stanza by several of the qualities of the mirror Whatever I see I swallow immediately line 2 says that the mirror will take in and reflect whatever it is presented with be it positive or negative The phrase unmisted by love or dislike line 3 makes the reader think of people who often change their feelings and tell lies about another person according to how much they like or dislike that person The mirror does not and cannot do this Truth is all it can reflect no matter what that truth is The mirror is not cruel only truthful and can only judge by what it sees not by its own opinion In the second stanza we are presented with the womans search for her true self The mirror becomes a lake in this stanza Unsatisfied with the image reflected by the mirror the woman turns to another source of reflection water The phrase Searching my reaches for what she really is line 11 shows the womans superficiality By looking to her appearance rather than her soul the woman belittles her own value as a person Though the
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