Essay about Conflicting Perspectives - Hughes

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Together the works of Ted Hughes, Christine Jeffs and J.D Salinger combine to enhance an understanding of the concept of conflicting perspectives. The audience can see that there is a great deal of ubiquity in relation to Conflicting Perspectives. Ted Hughes’ poetry gives his account of a tumultuous part of his life whilst Christine Jeff’s film portrays a different point of view than that given by Hughes’. It is through looking at Salinger’s novel, that the role of the authorial voice in contrast to the protagonists can create a conflicting perspective between the protagonist and the audience. All these texts explore the concept of one person’s ‘truth’ in relation to another’s.
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‘Your Paris,’ provides an example of a poem in which Hughes realises that there can be more than one point of view regarding a situation. At the beginning of the poem, Ted talks about how he thought Plath loved Paris from the, ‘les toits,’ to the ‘streets after streets of impressionist paintings.’ However, after her death and through further reading of her poetry, Hughes point of view changes as he realises that Plath actually despised Paris. He highlights Plath’s mental pain through the use of metaphors and emotive vocabulary, ‘what walked beside me was flayed...wincing to agonies.’
New Zealand born director, Christine Jeffs, produced the 2002 film Sylvia after becoming interested in the poet’s history. Unlike Hughes, Jeffs had no direct relationship with Sylvia and has based the film’s perspective on extensive research including interviews and biographies. Thus, the films external perspective offers a point of view which is vastly different from that of Hughes’ poetry.
The soundtrack of Sylvia works to offer a different perspective from that contained in Hughes’ poem ‘The Shot.’ At the beginning of the film, the diagetic music is a soft, flowing orchestral piece, which highlights her calm, steady frame of mind. However, towards the end of the film after Plath has met Hughes the orchestral music is violently

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