Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Questions and Answers
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Compare and contrast the poem "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" with the short story "The Secret Lion."

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Initially, a cursory examination of both of these texts seem to yield few similarities. One is a short story about growing up and exchanging the innocence and childlike understanding of the world for the more complex adult perspective on life. The other is clearly a feminist poem that explores the dichotomy between art and life through the presentation of Aunt Jennifer, who is so restricted in her marriage she can only express herself through art and the medium of her embroidery.

Yet one comparison that can be usefully made between these two texts is their reliance on symbolism to communicate their message. In "The Secret Lion," for example,...

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