Essay on Conflicting Perspectives

2058 Words Jul 26th, 2010 9 Pages
What is your understanding of “ truth” after your study of conflicting perspectives and their representation?

The notion of truth being a defined reasoning and represented as a one sided argument is unmistakably how most audiences visualize it. The concept cannot be interpreted in such close mindedness, as to tell the truth is to speak what appears “truthful” to “you”. Conflicting perspectives arise when the visualization of how feasible or veracious something is differs between individuals. The controversy surrounding Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, contentious poets of the twenty first century portray their own reality through their semi-confessional poetry. Sylvia Plath frequently extends her cereal obsession with her dead father as
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The accentuation of Plath’s obsession with red illustrate a world consuming passion caging and hiding her “But red was what you wrapped around you’. Wistfully fanatical, it was death. Her Mind coaxed in red, Plath splashed the colour wherever she could “when you had your way finally Our room was red”. Hughes’ uses this strong emotive imagery to place the blame on Otto Plath. This is where further divergence occurs as red is also the colour of sexuality. Hughes is known for his shifting affection and to explore the concept of colour symbolism so deeply would lead the audience to assume that he does not wish to be judged as a womaniser but merely as a palette visionary. During the procession of the poem, the ideal of red begins to warp and is often replaced by the word ‘blood’ or is represented as ‘roses’. This floral imagery is interesting in comparison to the “poppies thin and wrinkle frail” alluded to 3rd stanza. The assonance combined with the principle that poppies appear fragile and weak allegorically portray Plath’s sometimes delicate character or her silver lining “As the skin on blood”. Hughes final statement that “the jewel you lost was blue” is a definitive moment where the audience apprehend Hughes acceptance that Plath had drowned “in the pit of red” and that blue, her one hope had drowned with her.

Hughes and Plath travelled to France soon after being married, France was a land torn by war, steeply recovering. Hughes

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