Homework Help

In "Mirror," what is the speaker's tone?  

user profile pic

altheadortch | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM via web

dislike 2 like

In "Mirror," what is the speaker's tone?

 

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 2 like

The persona that Plath creates in this wonderful poem is shown to speak in a tone that perfectly represents its character. The mirror tells us that it is "silver and exact," and it seems to speak in a rather clinical voice that presents its view as being somewhat detached and completely unemotional. This can be shown through the short sentences and the very matter of fact way in which the mirror reports to us what it sees:

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.

There is therefore almost a clinical tone to the way in which the mirror speaks and how it describes the woman that spends so much time looking into it. There is no pity or sadness expressed through the speaker's tone, only a factual and unemotive reporting of what happens.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes