Analysis Of The Poem ' Aunt Jennifer 's Tigers Essay

770 Words Apr 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Everything that appears on the surface is not always as it seems. Sometimes words that are not actually spoken, speak louder than those that are. In Adrienne Rich’s poem “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers,” the eventful death of Aunt Jennifer is easily understood with symbolism such as tigers in the wild and Aunt Jennifer’s wedding band that is used to contrast the control her husband has on her with her embroidering artwork of tigers that are free and happy in the wild. Symbolism like the colors and types of materials used also help to contrast the control Aunt Jennifer’s husband has on her which eventually leads to her death, however, the tigers continue to live happily and free in the wild. Tigers are majestic and fierce animals that cannot be controlled. Rich uses color symbolism to represent the freedom of the tigers that Aunt Jennifer embroiders. “Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen,/Bright topaz denizens of a world of green” (Rich 1-2). The color green symbolizes positivity and safety. Aunt Jennifer embroiders with mostly green to show that the tigers are happy and safe. Aunt Jennifer lives through her artwork. She wishes to be as strong and free as the tigers but she cannot be due to her husband. Aunt Jennifer wishes she could be carefree and untamable like the tigers in her artwork. “They do not bear the man beneath the tree;/ They pace in sleek chivalric certainty” (Rich 3-4). Tigers symbolize the strength and courage that Aunt Jennifer wishes to have against…

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