Mythological Themes in In Just

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Mythological Themes in In Just Many poems use mystical creatures to tell stories. From mermaids, to sirens, and goat-footed balloonMen. A good example of the use of these mystical creatures can be seen in the poem "In Just-." The creature used is this goat-footed balloonMan. He helps condense a story into a poem, while condensing the story this creature also attracts the reader's imagination and keeps him or her intrigued meanwhile maintaining a politeness to the reader by taking vulgar words out of the poem. This balloonMan condenses a story of a man that lured small children into his grip to molest them. If a reader dissects this poem enough they can come to the conclusion that a man disguise himself as a nice man an attracts small children, turns on them and molest them. How else to describe a nice man other than a balloonMan. As young children are intrigued with floating balloons. Describing this balloonMan as goat-footed is very precise. In many myths goat-feet represent the devil. Using this myth of goat-feet as a symbol of the devil shows that this "balloonMan" is not as nice of a balloonMan as a child would expect. As you can see the writer uses the fraise the "goat-footed balloonMan" to describe a nice man that lures little kids in and then turns of them. The writer knows that he has to help the readers imagination develop into thinking his way. He uses the term balloonMan to let us know this man is around kids and interacting with them as well. By taking goat-footed and adding this before the title "balloonMan" shows that you can associated the balloonMan with the devil or something awful along that line. Now there is a deviled man luring children in by his balloons he is associated with. Not only does the writer use goat-footed in the poem, he uses words such as queer, and wicked. This gives the reader the assumption that this man is up to no good with these children. Politeness is a key factor to author in telling the story of this vicious child molester. Not many people want to read of a man that disguises himself as fun, and with some sort of child's lure to help him hurt and abuse these innocent children. By using this title balloonMan the writer keeps a discreet overview of this story. It lets the reader use his or her imagination to determine what this creature is trying to do.

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