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Anger - “maul” “draw blood” and “a rabid thing”...

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Saba Nafees 1B 21 st September, 2010 “Anger”- Introduction In Linda Pastan’s poem, “Anger”, the speaker presents a dichotomy in her attempt to control her anger and to release it. The poem progresses from someone giving advice to the speaker to the speaker disagreeing with the advice to comparing her anger with the one giving the advice to finally asserting that she will not heed the advice. Her conscience is experiencing a push and pull situation in which part of her wants to let the anger out and the other part asserts that it is too dangerous to let it go. The speaker is logical, contemplative and defiant of the advice while her other self is controlled and optimistic. An escalation of violence is seen as she uses the words “claw”,
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Unformatted text preview: “maul”, “draw blood”, and “a rabid thing”. She uses antithesis to emphasize the dichotomy as she employs a “pet dog” and a “rabid thing” to symbolize anger of two different levels. Her controlled self possesses the anger of a tamed dog while her defiant self bears the anger of a raging and ferocious “rabid thing”. She becomes defiant and dubious as she cynically rejects the calm advice of her controlled self. In her attempt to control her anger, she becomes angry. Despite this, she ultimately discovers that it is impossible to withhold the anger within and never let it surface. But when it is released, it is not as dangerous as a “rabid thing” implies....
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