In this essay I will be talking about how Plath conveys the contrast of the narrators view at the beginning and at the end of the story. I will be talking about how Plath depicts colour, light, similes, metaphors and characters in the story. One contrast that Plath uses is colour. Colour changes throughout the story.
In the beginning the colours are all bright, like the part where it says “the changing colours of those days, clear and definite as patterns seen through a kaleidoscope. ” The colours in a kaleidoscope are all bright colours such as red and yellow.This is how the narrator feels. When she is happy all the colours in the story are bright. This also makes the reader feel happy and colourful. Near the end of the story the colours start to get darker like when it says “the black shadow creeping up the underside of the world”. This shows that the dark is slowly creeping in the narrator’s life. In the beginning the narrator thinks about superman and colour most of the time but ever since she saw the film about the Japanese prisoners her life changed.
Everyone has turned against her and instead of thinking about superman she thinks about the japans prisoners and understands the perils of life. Another technique used by Plath is metaphors. An example of a simile used by Plath is “my flying dreams were as believable as a landscape by dali”.
This shows that her life is surreal and colourful. It also suggests that the narrator’s life is quite imaginary. This is because Dali is a surrealist artist and he does imaginary drawings. Another technique used by Plath is metaphors. An example of metaphors is “the airport was my Mecca, my Jerusalem.This shows that she loves the airport as if it was a religious or very special place to her. This point also suggests that she has mind of small child, which is very make believe, and imaginary.
This metaphor is good because it makes the reader feel happy and in a good mood. However near the end of the story the metaphors start to get darker. An example of this is “black shadow creeping up the underside of the world like a flood tide. ” This metaphor makes the darkness as though it is like a massive wave swallowing up the earth spreading darkness and misery all over the world.
This makes the reader feel cold and dark inside. I feel that this is one of the best comparisons in the whole of the story because it shows the contrast very clearly in terms of colour and light. Finally the last technique used by Sylvia Plath is the difference between characters. In the story there are a lot of characters such as Paula, uncle frank, the narrators mum, Sheldon Finn and jimmy. In the beginning of the story the narrator sees her uncle frank as if he is superman and a very strong fit man. It also portrays him as a person who can solve all problems.An example of this is “how’s my favourite trooper.
.. there was a big love in his voice that drowned out the shouting which still echoed in my ear. ” This shows that he is a person who can solve problems and comfort people. However near the end, when Paula falls over and ruins her snowsuit, she blames the narrator for it. When the narrator goes home and tells uncle frank, that she never tripped Paula up, he doesn’t believe her. This changes the mood quite considerably because one-second uncle frank is comforting her but the next second he doesn’t believe what the narrator is saying.
An example of this is “you don’t have to be afraid. We will understand. Only tell me what really happened. ” Overall Plath conveys the contrast between the narrator’s view of the world at the beginning and at the end really well. This is mostly, I believe, because of the difference in colour and the difference in metaphors. The colours are bright and colourful in the beginning whereas in the end they are dark.
This is how Plath conveys the difference in the beginning and in the end the best.