Critical Thinking

Tennyson demonstrating how she wishes to cease feeling

Tennyson
demonstrates Mariana’s emotions when she sheds ‘tears with the dews and even'(Mariana,2.13), reiterating the
sadness in her life which is disallowing her achievement of happiness and
freedom, thus affecting her psychologically. Tennyson again demonstrates how
Mariana’s sadness is psychologically impinging her freedom for she is unable
‘to look on the sweet heaven'(Mariana,2.15). This line stresses the unhappiness within Mariana’s life, whereby if she
fails to find freedom from her thoughts by focusing her attention towards the
most tranquil and blissful part of life, then it’s questionable if she’ll ever
find peace. The repetitive nature of Mariana ‘I am aweary’ (Mariana,1.12) could resemble
Mariana’s thought process and mind; a mind-field of worry and desperation
whereby she is involved in a never-ending cycle of despair with freedom
appearing unreachable.

The
opening line of ‘Mariana’ uses negative imagery to perhaps foreshadow the
events within the poem. He describes the flower-pots to be filled with the
‘blackest moss’ (Mariana,1.1), a dark
image which symbolises death and loneliness, contrasting with the stereotypical
impression of flowers, which signify spring and happiness. Furthermore, the deterioration
of the flower pot could resemble the deterioration of Mariana’s mind
psychologically, due to the absence of her lover she cannot think concisely. Mariana’s
first spoken line with the poem states ‘My life is dreary, he cometh not'(Mariana,1.11), her psychological torment
appears to be due to a lover not turning up. Tennyson shows Mariana to complain
with the repetition of ‘I would that I were dead!’ (Mariana,1.12), demonstrating how she wishes to cease feeling trapped
within her thoughts and mind. Tennyson demonstrates how her mind and thoughts
are the impingement on her freedom, as they are disallowing her to think
properly, thus Mariana cannot experience the freedom of thought and happiness
in life. The further repetition of ‘I would that i were dead!’ (Mariana,1.12) demonstrates how Mariana
is locked within her thoughts, and through constant repetition, Tennyson wants
readers to be feel trapped in Mariana’s thoughts. Through Mariana’s torment,
she lacks freedom from her thoughts, which encompass her mind throughout the
poem and consequently Mariana struggles to achieve freedom of the mind.

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