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Alex Geary Mrs. Riccio February 9, 2018 Mirror Sylvia Plath’s poem Mirror is written from the point of view of a mirror. The woman in the poem looks at her reflection and notices how much she has aged as time has gone by. Aging has caused her youthful beauty to deteriorate and she has become agitated. Through the use of figurative language, Sylvia Plath conveys the idea that as we age, we become more insecure about our appearances and our youthful beauty inevitably deteriorates. In the first stanza of the poem, the mirror is personified. “I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see, I swallow immediately. Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful —” (Plath 1-4). Through the personification of the mirror, Plath personifies how a mirror can only reflect what it sees. Therefore the mirror can only reflect the woman’s appearance. There are no biases or lies involved, the mirror only tells the truth. The woman’s reflection is a constant reminder of how her aging has caused her youthful beauty to deteriorate. The mirror stresses the fact that it is not cruel and is not the reason for the woman’s appearance, yet she later takes her anger out on him. The mirror has no recollection of the past

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