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Feminism Through Adrienne Rich In a time when women were to be seen and not heard Adrienne Rich wrote about feminism and female strength She was married and a closet lesbian but found courage in her poetry Aunt Jennifers Tigers and Diving into the Wreck both talk about feminism and the struggle of everyday life for women In her earlier poems she disguises her views of feminism by talking about things that have nothing to do with it She was married when she wrote her first Aunt Jennifers Tigers and used Aunt Jennifer in the third person as her oppressed woman In Diving into the Wreck however she is not married and is no longer hiding her homosexuality She talks as though she is the one going to the wreck finding the truth for herself and encouraging others to do the same for themselves Aunt Jennifers Tigers is a poem about a woman knitting a quilt or some type of blanket On the blanket the tigers that she is creating represent women in society who are not afraid of men and who are breaking out of the roles that men have placed upon them She says that the tigers pace in sleek chivalric certainty ln 4 She views these women as sort of saviors for the women who are afraid or dont have the strength to leave the roles placed before them In the second stanza Rich says that even the ivory needle is hard to pull ln6 The ivory needle represents the everyday chores that define the female role being tedious and tiresome The massive weight of Uncles wedding band sitting upon her hand shows the oppressiveness of marriages ln7-8 Women are supposed to get married and conform to the roles and expectations that their own husbands put upon them She goes on to say that even when Aunt Jennifer is dead she will still bear the ring that has held her down and
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