"Cinderella" Imagery Analysis
In the poem "Cinderella," Plath uses visual and auditory imagery to set a slow and romantic, yet haunting
First, Plath creates a ballroomlike romantic atmosphere, similar to that in the fairy tale Cinderella. Plath
uses color to set the scene. She describes "scarlet heels," "green eyes," and "silver" to entrance the reader into the setting.
She paints a picture of beauty and light when describing "rose candles" and a "lilac wall." Plath creates a pleasant
auditory image amid the "music" and "cocktail talk."
But in the midst of all the beauty, Plath sets a haunting tone of sadness and desperation
using the same imagery devices. Cinderella's expression "pales" and becomes "guilt stricken." The clock begins to chime caustically,
as if ticking away the time for Cinderella and her prince.
The poem fits perfectly with Plath's general theme of feminism. Even under the perfect mask of Cinderella,
she is still a woman, and the prince will one day be untrue and unfaithful just like Plath's husband and father. It is
just a matter of when the clock ceases to chime.