So her hands are terrified. There are men sitting under the tree, but the tigers do not care for them. This is shown by the symbol of the wedding ring that she wears. She is a victim whose only form of assertiveness is through needlework. Aunt Jennifer seems to desire these traits. Because of this they believed that topaz was very powerful and protected faithful against harm.
She becomes dependent, fearful and frail. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a writer who lived in the 1800s, reminded Americans of their rights of liberty at a time when many people started to conform to established norms. An air of freedom and confidence dominates the atmosphere in her artistic creations. Ironically, Aunt Jennifer herself lacks the qualities that she paints on the tigers; she is fearful and appears to be nervous whenever she feels the presence of Uncle. Why does she find it hard to pull the ivory needle? This whole creation and building of proper lines depict the core idea of the urgent topic — the role of women in the society, their importance, and incomprehensible nature.
In this case, the latter seems more in the offing, because Aunt Jennifer is having difficulty pulling her needle as she stitches. It means they treat women with respect. She does not seem powerful at all. So long as power can be envisioned only in terms that are culturally determined as masculine, the revolutionary content of the vision, which was all confined to a highly mediated and symbolic plane in any case, will remain insufficient. The tigers are the dwellers of the green forest so they are referred to as denizens. Rich, however, uses a resourceful image to reorganise these conventional themes in a new way and even hints, in the image of Aunt Jennifer weighed down by an oppressive marriage, at the feminism that would invade her later work. The fear of her authoritative husband has gone so deep into her being that she seems to have lost all strength and energy.
This poem through the world of Aunty Jennifer, tells us about her inner desire to free herself from the clutches of abusive marriage and patriarchal society. When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by. Marriage brings two people in an equal position in each expects justice, love and equality in behavior. She cannot find it at home so she goes on journeys into her sewing. Seeing couples outside their homes does not mean all is well with them.
When Rich was growing up men dominated and women were expected to become dutiful wives in their adult lives. Unlike Aunt Jennifer, the tigers fear nothing. Her depiction contains an image of men under a tree, though the proud tigers show no fear of the men. The tigers display in art the values that Aunt Jennifer must repress or displace in life: strength, assertion, fearlessness, fluidity of motion. This novel had many arguments about how Eastern parenting style is better than Western parenting style.
Copyright © 2001 by Meg Boerema Gillette Return to. The wedding band is another mention to a precious substance, probably gold. It was he who most guided her as a young poet. When the poem is read line by line, much more meaning can be gleaned from it. There is a certainty about them that their maker lacks in her. However, they also have a relationship with rhyme. Jennifer uses sharp and contrasting colours, sharp yellow against a green background.
They are assured and confident inhabitants, inhabitants of their green world. It is an autobiographical poem that reflects the deepest corners… The Lady or the Tiger? This is shown by the symbol of the wedding ring that she wears. The tigers of course symbolize the freedom of spirit that she dreams of attaining but never achieves except in her dreams and her art. The Tigers may be attractive and healthy, or they may have that male quality of domination which is so often insincere. The poet refers to the. The tigers created by Aunt Jennifer are seen to be glorious; they maintain the strength as well as assertiveness.
They are proud, active, fearless, determined and chivalric. The Tigers are masculine, but they maintain the potentials of admirable men which Uncle lacks. The men beneath the tree create an atmosphere of mystery. As ivory involves the killing of elephants for their valuable tusks, it would seem that Jennifer may not care much for tigers in the wild or know much about their reality. However, Adrienne Rich seems to distance herself from the image of Aunt Jennifer by placing Aunt Jennifer in a separate generation from herself. The Romans associated topaz with Jupiter, who was their god of sun.
But after I saw the first line of the poem, I found out the tigers in the poem were not real. Such is the need for escape into her art. She finds it hard to pull the ivory needle more because of mental suppression than because of physical weakness. It seems that she creates a happier looking world than the one she lives in. Jennifer uses sharp and contrasting colours, sharp yellow against a green background. In fact, sewing is probably what she does most of the day when she's not caring for her husband.
Her life has become a torture due to her suppression by her atrocious husband. But, the speaker says, silver lining alert! Aunt Jennifer is terrified by her dominating husband and hence her hands are shivering. Rich presents an example of feminist poetry with dominance and emotional tensions of the 20th century where women found themselves as insecure and afraid of the patriarchal social authorities. Therefore, the imaginary tigers produced by Aunt Jennifer live a type of proud and free life that she can only dream about. Exactly what is she afraid of that would spur her on so? The use of colors implies that Aunt Jennifer's tigers and their land are more vital and enjoy a sense of freedom far greater than she. Aunt Jennifer's Tigers by Adrienne Rich Who is Aunt Jennifer? She will die, but her art will express her desire to move proudly and fearlessly like the tigers she has made. The tigers that Aunt Jennifer's owns are confident and certain of who they are and what they want.