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Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev Love fear jealousy courage and death all have a major role in Adrienne Richs Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev Adrienne Rich takes us inside Shatayevs head and depicts her joys and feeling of triumph along with her lingering undertones of jealousy The use of the journals helps to relate the comradery and love within the team but also serves to paint a picture of an ungrateful Shatayev Throughout this poem there are repeated declarations of love and friendship for the team members contrasted by subtle negligence of the husbands feelings In the poem Shatayev seems to draw all her strength from the women of her climbing team Rich writes in the sixth stanza After the long training the early sieges we are moving effortlessly in our love To characterize the terrorizing freezing and finally fatal trek up Lenin peak as effortless due to a love depicts a bond of a immeasurable magnitude When the speaker talks of love or strength within the team the word I is seldom used The repeated use of our and we show an intense strength of love in there group They are one working together toward a common goal with their hardship only serving to tighten their unit A great courage is depicted in the character of the speaker Her yes as well as the groups work together to create a great feeling of strength by compensating for individual weakness This is reinforced in the second journal entry when she writes We know we have always been in danger down in our separateness and now up here together but till now we had not touched our strength Danger has always been there for them separate or together but it wasnt until now that they truly found their safety in each other Their common goal brings them together and helps their strengths to overlap and conquer their fears Along with this strength Shatayev also
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