Yet more importantly, the snake is a symbolic figure for malevolence and treachery. Shakespeare uses the "snake" to enhance the quality of his characters, and provide insight into their malevolence. The serpentine image also provokes emotion. As the story of Macbeth is a tragedy, the snake images provide a dark contrasting mood to the play, designed to heighten the sense of fear from the audience. People are generally afraid snakes, and Shakespeare uses this object as a tool to relate certain fears of the characters to the audience.
The atmosphere of inconsistency and disorder that is created can also be linked to the free, uncontrollable movement of the snakes. The poet also uses repetition of the word snake to impress upon the reader the fact that snakes are all there is in this world, a hypnotic effect that brings clearly to the reader the image of a “world of snakes”. The sibilance of the words Plath chooses to use creates an indistinctly ominous effect that is lazy and almost hypnotic to the reader. The sibilant “s” is present at least once in every line of the poem, exaggerating that effect, which is very much like the movement of a snake holding its prey in thrall before the kill. Thus the atmosphere of disorder and inconsistency is threaded with an indistinct sense of foreboding for the reader.
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Lawrence uses figurative language in order to present his ideas of societies expectations of a man. Lawrence changes the structure and style of “Snake” in order to highlight the struggles of the narrator. Specifically, when writing about the snake he uses repetitive and flowing words. He also uses traditional devices like alliteration, for example “and flickered his two-forked tongue from his lips.” The use of these technics gives the snake an almost human like feel that the reader can connect to. At the same time, Lawrence writes about the log used to hurt the snake in a different style creating such a contrast between the snake’s description and the log.
The devil steals, kills, hurts, and simply cause’s pain onto others as Skyes does on his wife. It is quite easy to see that author, Zora Neale Hurston, uses the snake more than just a terrifying animal that Delia does not favor. Works Cited "Genesis 3 (New International Version)." biblegateway.com. N.p., n.d.
He believes that life is bounded with oppositions. However, in this poem he shows how he appreciates nature and rejects all man's reason and teachings which is based on the stereotype image of the snake. This confusion in the poet's mind is illustrated successfully and effectively in a way that made us identify and sympathize with this snake .