Tigers Eyes - George Carbaugh Sarah Clere ENGL102 06FEB15...

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George Carbaugh Sarah Clere ENGL102 06FEB15 The struggle for equality in life as society advances has been and always will be a struggle between races, ethnicities, and especially genders. Ever since the first civilizations formed, a patriarchal society has been the norm. Many women have taken resentment to the submissive role that they are forced to hold, and this is what Adrienne Rich writes about in “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers.” The tigers in Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers represent the freedom Aunt Jennifer has been denied throughout her marriage, represented by the point of view of the speaker through the uses of rhyme scheme, repetition, alliteration, imagery, and the whole poem being an elaborate metaphor. In the first quatrain, Rich introduces the tigers which are half of her giant metaphor. The tigers are portrayed as majestic creatures without “fear,” even to have the power of man below them in this setting. As they “prance” and move freely around this lush, vibrant “world of green,” these tigers display their prominent and free lifestyle as the kings as they “pace” about. In line three, Rich draws into the picture of “men beneath the tree” that go practically unnoticed by the tigers showing who really has the freedom here. Finishing up this quatrain, Rich riddles off repetition and sly alliteration with “sleek chivalric certainty” further instilling the royalty and freedom the tigers possess. The only use of repetition throughout the entire poem is in lines three
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