All My Pretty Ones By Anne Sexton Analysis

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All My Pretty Ones, by Anne Sexton, expressed the author grief of losing both of her parents within short period of time. The poem mourns the death of her family by connecting it to Macduff’s loss of his family. One can see that the author is trying to connect her lost by placing herself in position of Macduff.
The name of the poem, All my Pretty Ones, is based on Macduff response to the news of the murder of his family. In Act 4, Scene 3, line 255; Macduff exclaimed “He has no children. All my pretty ones” upon hearing from Ross that his wife and son were murdered by Macbeth’s men. Using this line as a title, Sexton is able to convey the sadness of having her parents being taken away from her as they are the only family members she have, her “All...pretty ones.” The author also begins to feel a sense of cowardice and regret as she went through “boxes of pictures of people I do not know.” She wanted to relive the memory of her father but was not able to recall any of those pictures. In Macbeth, Macduff expressed same feeling of cowardice as he left his family defenseless against Macbeth’s men. (Act 4, Scene 2, line 250) Sexton went through her father album to find a picture of “a small boy waits in a ruffled dress for someone to come” This line, remarkably resemble the scene in the film
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Sexton placed blame on “jinx” as the cause of her father’s death. In the first line of the poem, “Father, this year’s jinx rides us apart” convey the feeling of having her father being taken away from he, not just simply death. “Jinx” is also the only perpetrator she could blame for this crime, as she knows nothing else. In Macbeth, Macduff exclaim “And I must be from Thence” to shows the untimely manner which the attack have taken place in. While this line may shows the sense of regret that he have let his family defenseless, it is also a jinx of what Malcolm has stated earlier, “Why in that rawness left your wife and child” (Act 4, Scene 3,
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