Divergent Viewpoints - Ted Hughes

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The nature of conflicting perspectives is to explore differing values and ideas, through the representation of the events, people and situations, which in some way impact on the composer and the reader. Composers often manipulate their representations for their own purpose and these conflicting perspectives exist because of the eternal subjectivity of composers. Hughes' 20th century confessional poems, "Fulbright Scholars" and "Your Paris" offers a perspective on his tempestuous relationship with Plath, persuading the reader that he was the victim suffocating under Plath's mental instability. Similarly, George Clooney's (2005) American dramatic film, "Good Night and Good Luck", in conjunction with Hughes poetry demonstrates how the composers represent their ideas of conflicting perspectives on shared events in unique and evocative ways.

The memory of an event can fade, creating an unreliable narrator and thus an unreliable perspective of a person, event or situation. Hughes' post World War II poem "Fulbright Scholars", is a poetic form of flashback that evokes conjectures of possible experiences differing from themselves by exploring the conflicting perspective of an older nostalgic Hughes and his younger "twenty five" year old self. Hughes' persona is introduced through the constant use of first person as he reiterates "Maybe I noticed, maybe I weighed you up". The uncertain language of 'maybe' is an indulgent critique of the unreliability and perverse selectivity of memory, and this is further emphasises through the constant use of juxtaposition, "Just arriving - or arrived… I studied it, Not too minutely". As he first encounters Plath, he compares her to American film actress Veronica Lake with her "Veronica Lake bang" and "exaggerated American grin". Plath's public image is symbolic of her fraudulent behaviour and Hughes puts forward the perspective that she was fake, a phony, that "what it hid" was her inner destructive, psychological nature. Hughes...
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