Medusa Carol Ann Duffy Analysis

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On one hand, we have the poem ‘Medusa’ by Carol Ann Duffy, in a dramatic monologue based on a mythical creature, Medusa, whose insecurity and jealousy leads her to believe that her husband is cheating on her. Consequently, she turns into a gorgon who turns anything she looks at to stone.
On the other hand ,we have ‘Les Grandes Seigneurs’ by Dorothy Molloy which is about an aggrandized woman’s romantic relationship with men there to entertain her and to support her self-aggrandizement. However, in the last stanza we learn that she is ruined/degraded by men as she gets married. We can see this when she says “I became (Yes, overnight) a toy” which suggests that the roles of her life have reversed from her being the queen to her becoming the
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This clearly reflects the self-loathe of the narrator and that she would rather the world end than face the emotions of the heart- break, she wishes to be emotionless and detached. Moreover, the animals used are very often symbols of summer joy and innocence of these domestic animals. The world “shit” is normally taboo and scornful and so it shocks the reader, but the reader also understands that this is the way the narrator actually feels. Furthermore, the repetition of the word “I” indicates that she is selfish and deserves to take the revenge she deserves. The words of “house brick” and “boulder” are elements of imagery and reflect her point of view of how she sees things around her.
On the other hand, Les Grandes Seigneurs also has many signs of language that are similar to Medusa. For example, the personal pronoun “My” is used throughout the point but the last stanza where “I” is used. This follows’ up to my previous point that the roles have reversed, by her becoming the possession of the man whereas in the previous stanza’s, she had complete control over

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