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Tulips

Tulips

by Sylvia Plath

Suffering Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

And my history to the anesthetist and my body to surgeons. (7)

The pain of surgery is still fresh in our speaker's mind. But is it just the surgery that's caused her pain and taken her identity, or is it something else entirely?

Quote #2

Their smiles catch onto my skin, little smiling hooks. (21)

Wow, that's not exactly a nice way to describe her loved ones' smiles. Now we know for sure that her pain goes much deeper than physical pain. Anyone who compares smiles to painful hooks has got some serious troubles.

Quote #3

The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me. (36)

Okay here's a question: if these tulips are bothering her so much, why doesn't she just have a nurse throw them away?

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