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In the poem Design written by Robert Frost the classic use of the color white generally referring to innocence and purity is symbolically contradicted Instead of giving this color to wholesome pure objects he gives them to objects that typically represent death and darkness The white color of the spider is a mask that makes people think it is innocent and pure when it is really not Traditionally spiders have been associated with dirty and devilish acts By portraying the spider as white it comes into a whole new perspective and you begin to think that maybe the spider isnt so bad after all In the second part of the first stanza Frost describes a witchs brew with all the ingredients being white Witches have traditionally been ugly and evil people wearing all black the color that represents darkness and death By saying that the white spider and the dead moth are like ingredients of a witches brew is actually putting those two objects on a lower level of existence Ingredients in witchs brew are usually despicable items that are not worthy of any human being Frost talks about the spider on a white heal-all holding up a dead white moth A heal-all is a flower traditionally known for its healing capabilities but in this poem it is acting as a boxing ring for the spider and the moth The moth saw a white spider and figured he was of no harm to him The spider used his innocent mask to deceive the moth and then the moth being gullible was pounced on by the spider The deceiving spider then held up the moth for the entire world to see The moth is also commonly thought of a gross bug but they are not harmful The innocent little moth was tricked which resulted in his death I feel that there is a deeper meaning in Frosts poem I think he is telling us that
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