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Topics: White, Color, Red Pages: 3 (773 words) Published: June 23, 2012
Duality  ‘if not red, then white;’ ‘only the bookshelves escaped into whiteness.’ •Sylvia: Red is a life force, vitality, the sun; Hughes: Red is blood, macabre, etc. •White: sanitised hospitals, death, decay. In asia: mourning. Also cleanliness. “bone clinic whiteness.” •Contrast: Each party’s different meanings for the respective colours. •Repition of “blood”

‘the family bones’ – reference to plath’s father. •‘when YOU had YOUR way,’ insinuating Plath’s dominance in the relationship. •‘a judgement chamber;’ ‘a throbbing cell;’ ‘aztec altar – temple.’ – claustrophobia. •Contrast, juxtaposition of white and red.

Flowers: Poppies, Salvias, Roses all red, “doomed”
“You revelled in red... I felt it raw”
Reference to nick and the candlestick, plath’s painting. •Overwhelming alliteration “r”
“a little bluebird” – glimmer of hope, “the jewel you lost was blue,” only SMALL amounts of blue. •“electrified, a guardian” blue was still vibrant, alive || red. •Lost happiness, childhood, freedom, precious things. Her move away from the ocean (oceans are blue) •Last poem in Birthday Letters; ,’. Last public word on his relationship w/ plath. •Described their home in Devon and Plath’s love of red. •Sylvia’s letter to her mother, “ted never liked blue...” •Red/White/Blue  colours of American flag.

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Duality  ‘if not red, then white;’ ‘only the bookshelves escaped into whiteness.’ •Sylvia: Red is a life force, vitality, the sun; Hughes: Red is blood, macabre, etc. •White: sanitised hospitals, death, decay. In asia: mourning. Also cleanliness. “bone clinic whiteness.” •Contrast: Each party’s different meanings for the respective colours. •Repition of “blood”

‘the family bones’ – reference to plath’s father. •‘when YOU had YOUR way,’ insinuating Plath’s dominance in the relationship. •‘a judgement chamber;’ ‘a throbbing cell;’ ‘aztec altar – temple.’ – claustrophobia. •Contrast, juxtaposition of white and red.

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