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Themes in Sylvia Plaths MirrorMirror by Sylvia Plath explores themes of the loneliness of depression self-perception body image and aging These themes can be gathered because if observing women with body image issues and depression they commonly see a reflection of themselves and see another personLoneliness is explained in the poem in multiple lines It is shown in I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart faces and darkness separate us over and over That seems to allude to the painful changes of the main subjects life and dies into the change that come along with aging Plath in real life didnt have a good relationship with her ex-husband which most likely played a part in her use of themes of loneliness in this poemThe mirror seems to also show the characters body image issues She is growing older and feeling more and more like her youth is going away With age comes even if small nostalgic feelings for the days past and that seems to summon in the form of body image issues in this The subject is obviously not happy about herself with her and youthful beauty fleeting In me she has drowned a young girl an old woman like a terrible fish Fish tend to be disgusting and ugly and that seems to be what she views herself as now She cannot see past the pain that she isnt young and beautiful anymore to the point where she seems to have self-destructive hallucinations Plath expressed body image issues in a few different pieces and that is made clear again in this The reflection shows her as she ages and as it turns from mirror into a lake This could be a reference to Narcissus a man who fell in love with his reflection in a pool and couldnt understand why it was ageing to the point of his death Plath seems to
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