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Using Margaret Atwood's poem "You Fit Into Me", what is the subject, and why is it so disturbing ?

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The subject of the Atwood poem is the nature of a relationship and its ambiguities. The first line seems to allude to a perfunctory sexual union ‘You fit into me’. The image is a biological one at this point. Due to the sparseness of this four line poem, it is possible to see this first line also as a spiritual reference, one person accepting that they connect with another.

The second line with the simile ‘like a hook into an eye’ implies an image of domesticity: the small metal fastening used to hold together a bra strap. Here we see the two partners as linking together, serving a purpose:...

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