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Gianna Sacco Pursuit – Sylvia Plath This poem begins with a vivid image of someone being followed by a panther. Plath feels like “there is a panther stalking” her down. The title of this poem, being “Pursuit” summarizes the poem. It is the pursuit of her doom, she is trying to get away from the panther which is chasing her until the end, however, at times she feels guilt and a sort of drive towards him. She is attracted to this panther which will eventually lead to trouble. Hence, Plath uses many themes in this poem such as color and feelings and the aggressiveness of nature, which leads to the way she feels about being followed. The pursuer is double faced, as the first two lines demonstrate. “there is a panther stalks me down/ One day I’ll have my death of him.” On one side it is clear that the panther is pursuing the author, while on the other it could be the author pursuing her doom, being the panther. Fear and running are the elements that express the fact that the pursuer is the panther. Plath is being pursued as she uses words such as “I run, I rush, sacrifice, bait”. The contrast is seen when she says “the hunt is on”, they are after each other. It is a never ending cycle. Even though Plath is quickly considered the one being pursued by the panther, she can also be considered the pursuer. Plath writes “one day I’ll have my death of him” instead of something along the lines of ‘one day he will kill me’. Plath is also chasing the panther, pursuing her own death. Her death is symbolized by the panther when she states that “doom consummates that appetite”, she knows that the panther is her end, however, she still wants to chase him. She has an attraction to the panther, she feels an attraction to his mystery: “most suavely glides, those taut thighs”, she is almost lulled by him, and “his voice waylays (her), spells a trance”. She feels this attraction towards…...

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