Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
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Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
a. What does the expression 'Aunt Jennifer's tigers' imply?
b. What does prancing tigers symbolize?
c. Why are they referred to as 'denizens of a world of green'?
d. What qualities of the 'tigers' are highlighted here?
e. Explain: "They pace in sleek chivalric certainty".
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Aunt Jennifer's fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.
a. Why do Aunt Jennifer's fingers flutter through her wool?
b. Why does she find it hard to pull the ivory needles?
c. Explain: 'massive weight of Uncle's wedding band'.
d. How is Aunt Jennifer affected by the 'weight of matrimony'?
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When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
a. What is Aunt Jennifer's death symbolic of?
b. Explain: 'terrified hands'.
c. What does 'ringed with ordeals' imply?
d. Is the society in any way affected by Aunt Jennifer's death?
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Pick two qualities of the tigers as depicted in the poem.
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Why is the ivory needle hard to pull?
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Bring out the significance of the wedding ring in Aunt Jennifer’s life?
Explain ‘ringed with ordeals’ bringing out the pun?
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Has Aunt Jennifer led a happy married life? Why/ why not?
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The tigers made by Aunt Jennifer are symbolic of her aspirations? Do you agree? Why/ why not?
What do Jennifer’s tigers symbolize?
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Are Aunt Jennifer’s struggles due specifically due to her relationship with her husband or more generally to the patriarchal culture in which she lives? It is even possible to make this distinction?
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