“Conflicting perspectives on situations, events and personalities challenge our assessment of the truth” Conflicting perspectives are based upon subjective truth and views by individuals and can be shown , as well as constructed in text by biased composers. Views given by individual parties may influence an audience’s opinion or view.
Ted Hughes’ ‘Birthday Letters’ is an anthology of poems which cover his personal view of his relationship with his first wife Sylvia Plath, a well-known poet, who’s most influential works were released in ‘Ariel’ and ‘the Bell jar’.( posthumously after her 1963 suicide) .The poems of Birthday Letters explore contradictory perspectives two of Hughes’ poems ‘The Shot’ and ‘The Minotaur’ which are significant as they delve deeply into his perspective of Plath, their relationship and private moments between the two. The 2003 film ‘Sylvia’, directed by Christine Jeff’s and is based on Plath’s own perspective. The use of slow rhythmic music (non-digetic sound) and a voice over presentive of Plath which positions , teamed with Sylvia’s hidden insecurities. Which are revealed in depth and persuade the audience to empathise with her thus contrasting with Hughes view.
‘The Shot’s ‘ intense beginning dives straight into Hughes’ perspective of Plath, “Your worship needed a god” , accusingly implying that Plath needed an influence, something or someone beyond her reach, this is carried throughout the poem with repeated use of the term god. Hughes’ abundant use of firearm imagery and bullet metaphors such as “ gold jacketed, nickel tipped”, “trigger” and more clearly “high velocity bullet” which closely tie to the title of the poem and Plath’s personality as a powerful, unstoppable force yet to be reckoned with. A change of tone occurs at line 20 with the use of “But” , from here we see the unveiling of Sylvia’s hidden insecurities and anxieties through “inside your sob-sodden Kleenex” and “Saturday night panics” we begin to see what...
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