URGENT. How would you structure the main body of an oral commentary on "Mushrooms" by Sylvia Plath?
What would you talk about in each paragraph? (Form, figurative language, extended metaphor, etc.)
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The extended metaphor in “Mushrooms” is a personification of mushrooms as an oppressed yet resilient person or persons. This is the general sense, although it is often thought to be particularly feminist.
Relative to the other, larger plants and trees of the forest, the mushrooms appear insignificant; with the implication that those other larger (more powerful) trees and plants have become so used to their physical dominance over the mushrooms that they (larger plants) no longer even notice the mushrooms.
Thus, it is the position of insignificance, “Nobody sees us,” that (ironically) allows the mushrooms to “discreetly” “widen the crannies/Shoulder through holes.” They are small and diet on water and the “Crumbs of shadow.” They are “nudgers and shovers” in spite of their seemingly powerless position. In short, they are portrayed as powerless, but in fact, are not. They are the “meek” that, by the poems end, shall inherit the earth by morning. Note the sense of secrecy. The mushrooms are quietly infiltrating the structure which has, thus far, kept them in the shadows. In fact, the mushrooms have always been embedded in the cracks of the structure.
In a feminist context, this is a peaceful, yet necessarily secretive uprising. It is the powerless becoming powerful because of determination and the movement is growing, “Our kind multiplies.”