Analysis of Marks by Linda Pastan

Poetry Analysis of Marks by Linda Pastan

American literature boasts itself of numerous talented poets that centers on themes and issues that have social relevance and importance to their readers. Linda Pastan, American poet and writer, is well-known for her poetry, where she tackles various issues controversial in American society and expresses her opinions about the issue in a clever, yet powerful and effective way. In her poem, Marks, Pastan contemplates the issues that women face in interacting with her most immediate social contact-her family. In this interesting poem, she seeks to capture her audience's attention to the issue of women suppression and discrimination in the ...

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husband, son, and daughter. The poem tells us readers that there is an 'unspoken' conflict experienced within the family, and this conflict is expressed by the mother, who complains about her family who gauges her worth as a mother, wife, and woman depending on her performance in accomplishing household chores for each of them. Thus, the Woman's voice says she received an "A" from her husband for making supper, an average mark from her son; and a "passing mark" from her daughter. The conflict becomes evident at the end of the poem, where the Woman expresses anger and protests against the treatment she receives by saying, "Wait 'til they learn/ I'm dropping out."
The setting and atmosphere of the subjects of the poem establishes the conflict that is created and expressed at the end of the poem. Despite her defiant protest at the end of the poem, the Woman already evokes to her readers the complex life that she leads, being the one who has to all the household chores, and ...

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