The passage begins with ‘a Ceremony’, in which the narrator is involved. The event arouses many unanswered questions in readers’ minds: Why does she have to do this? What is the purpose of the cold and ‘white’ atmosphere described? The narrator creates symbolism by portraying images throughout the passage. This also further conveys the moods and feelings of the narrator. The language and style reveals in this passage help to reveal how it allows her to emotionally escape from the situation she clearly cannot physically escape from, giving us a clearer picture of how devastating her situation is.
Throughout the passage the writer has used the color ‘white’ as her descriptions to images in order to enhance how different objects are symbolized. ‘the large white canopy of Serena Joy’s outsized colonial size colonial-style four-poster bed, suspended like a sagging cloud above us, a cloud sprigged with tiny drops of silver rain, which if you looked at them closely would turn out to be four-petalled flowers. ‘ The referral to the ‘sagging clouds’ is a portrayal of the narrator’s depressing and grim feelings.
The description ‘a cloud sprigged with drops of silver rain’ further symbolizes the narrator’s sad feelings, as the rain is a symbol of tears. Lastly, I believe the use of the color white to describe the ‘large white canopy’ and the ‘carpet’ is both used to create a cold and hardened atmosphere where the narrator is in, which again conveys to readers the despair she is going through. Further in the passage, more symbolism can be found, again by using descriptions of the scene. ‘Big-bellied sails, they used to say, in poems. Bellying. Propelled forward by a swollen belly.
‘ I believe that the ‘big-bellied sails’ suggests the recognition of reality that the narrator is going to be pregnant. ‘Propelled forward’, is the action to symbolize that she lives on. Therefore, the description portrays to us that in order for the narrator to live on, she must accept the cruel reality of her being pregnant, yet she will have no control over her baby in the future. Another image drawn by her is: ‘A mist of Lily of the Valley surrounds us’. The picture magnifies the cool, crisp and chilly atmosphere she believes she is in, this is what she is feeling throughout the passage.
Oppositely, the color contrast of the red skirt to white (which signifies purity), enhances the meaning that the narrator is degraded and worse to the other characters. The language used by the writer is in a detached and broken voice. The style makes it seem like that she is telling a story, instead of experiencing what is actually happening, like general first-person writings are. I believe the purpose of this style is used for her to distant herself from the tragedy of what is going on in her world. In addition, irony is also brought in to the passage by the writer.
In the very beginning of the passage, it is noticeable that she named this event as ‘a Ceremony’, however, this in fact is nothing but ‘a Ceremony’. The meaning of a ceremony is supposed to be moral and sacred but the forced sexual acts and the grim environment created is nothing close to what is described as ‘a ceremony’. One other ironic description is when she used the phrase ‘one flesh, one being’. The phrase is referred from the Bible, intended to describe sex between a man and a woman, making the process holy and respectable. However, again the text reveals a very different image of the sexual acts.
The roughness and forceful acts creates this ironic image of what the narrator wants to believe in but what she is actually situated in. In conclusion, the theme of oppression is portrayed in the text through images, symbols and ironic descriptions. The tough situation not only applies to the narrator but also to the ‘Commander’ and ‘Serena Joy’. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.