Analysis Of My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun

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In Emily Dickinson’s “My life had stood – a Loaded Gun,” the speaker’s life is personified as a gun. Dickinson lived in the Victorian era, where women where bound by societal standards. Women, for example, had to be married by the time they were 18, had no right to vote, and women who shared the same social status as Dickinson could not vote (Myah). To convey this, Dickinson uses dashes to illustrate the compression that women felt, metaphors to undermine then illustrate a greater meaning of the poem, and structure along with a specific choice of diction to describe the relationship. The complex relationship between the owner and the speaker which illustrates the speaker’s experience in the man’s world. The poem begins with declaring the subject, “My Life” which had stood like a “Loaded Gun.” The woman in the poem is the gun, and there she stood filled with anger, unable to express herself in this society. There is a sense of this suppression of anger illustrated by the “Loaded Gun.” A “Loaded Gun” is a powerful image…show more content…
The word “Sovereign” is a powerful word meaning all-powerful. The use of this specific diction in this context suggest that the woman is entering this new territory or illegal territory for women that she had not previously been exposed to. Suggesting that with her new marriage, she is able to explore these territories or rights. The word Doe in “We hunt the Doe” is important to note because Dickinson specifically employs feminine diction, where she could have easily replaced with a word such as “deer.” This doe represents the limited power of women, and the hunter “hunts the doe” (Gilligan). Dickinson’s female speaker is also one of the Doe’s hunters. This is significant because women often had to eradicate a deviate of themselves and cope with a given lifestyle. The male in the world are hunting or shutting down the women when they become too

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