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ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE VOICE LESSON 3 TONE: What a thrill- My thumb instead of an onion. The top quite gone Except for a sort of a hinge Of skin, A flap like a hat, dead white. Then a red plush. — Sylvia Plath, “Cut: For Susan O’Neill Roe” DISCUSS: 1. What is the poet’s attitude toward the cut? What words, images and details create the tone?
2. In the second stanza, Plath uses colors to intensify the tone. The flap of skin is dead white, the blood is a red plush . What attitude toward the cut and, but implication, toward life itself, does this reveal?

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