Similes In Marge Piercy's To Be Of Work

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Does anyone have an idea what 28,800 is? This is the number which converted to second from eight hours that is average working time for full-time workers. It takes 6,912,000 seconds in a year if they work five days in a week. The working hours occupy about one third of a day. How do people spend each moment in this time? During the late 20 century, people did not have many choices about their occupations. They might have unprofitable jobs; nevertheless, they were working joyfully. In 1974, Marge Piercy, political and social activist, wrote the poem, “To be of use” to display ideal personalities of employees (1175). On the other hand, in this modern society, while developing economy provides numerous kinds of jobs, many people seem to have troublesome …show more content…
For instance, In Piercy’s first stanza, “jump into work head fast” and “The black sleek heads of seals bouncing like half – submerged balls” imply how quickly people are involved in their work, and how joyful they are working with having constant rhythm like a bouncing ball during their jobs (2, 6-7). Another simile from the second stanza, “who pull like water buffalo” gives an image of strength and stamina (9); people work so hard to put effort doggedly to progress their work. From the expression, the readers assume the workers have enthusiasm and passion despite tough jobs. On the other hand, mine focuses on negative attitude; “like snake who crawl along the ground who are scared of everybody”, give the readers an image of hateful people. Snakes are considered as a god in some religions; however, its presence is scared of people not a respectable element. Moreover “like a goldfish in a bowl” represents lonely people. Since human cannot live in water, the goldfish implies living in an uninhabited island. Piercy’s simile indicates positive attitude of pleasure and passion, mine is unpleasant and gloominess …show more content…
Piercy mentions, “jump into work head first” (2); it illustrates people start the job right away. She shows another example; with “swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight” gives us a clear image of swiftness and energetic power moving forward (4). In spite of hers, in my poem, “stare back at yesterday” means people care about what happened in the past. While they are thinking about the past, they are already left behind by people who already start working. In addition, “roar at the silent movies” provides an image of staying behind or even backward because the silent movies represent the happenings in the past. From both first stanzas, Piercy’s poem delivers us the image of progress whereas my poem shows

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