Conflict can be internal or external, as exemplified in “Diving into the Wreck” and “Storm Warnings”. Conflict is the common theme between these two poems. Both of these poems were written by Adrienne Rich. Rich was an American poet and she was also a feminist. She wrote “Diving into the Wreck” during time period where women were still viewed as house wives. Even though some women had jobs, they were not giving the same benefits as male coworkers. The external conflict is between the women and the male-dominated business world. The internal conflict is between the women and their selves. First they have to decide if they want to go against the male-dominated business world. Then the external conflict would be them going after the male-dominated business world. Rich’s “Storm Warnings” is more about the internal conflict. The speaker throughout the poem talks about a storm, but the speaker is really talking about the emotional and internal conflict with itself. Like the weather, pain and sadness you feel inside can be unpredictable. Rich develops the theme of conflict in these two poems, through the use of sensory detail, symbolism, and figurative language.
To being with, symbolism is used to represent things with symbols. Rich uses these symbols during the conflict. In the poem “Diving into the Wreck”, a book of myths is mention in the first line “First having read the book of myths,” (Rich 1). This talks about the traditional values that men should be in the professional world and women should be house wives. The speaker disagrees with this. Then it goes on to “I put on the body-armor of black rubber” (Rich 5). This could be a suit; she would have to put on to be taken as serious as a man would. After that she starts talking about this ladder, “There is a ladder / The ladder is always there / hanging innocently” (Rich 13-15). It represents the corporate ladder that women tried to climb in the 1970’s “We know what it is for, / we who have used it” (Rich 17-18)....
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