class 12 cbse english core (flamingo) aunt jennifer's tiger summary

The first stanza opens with Aunt Jennifers visual tapestry of tigers who are fearless of their environment. "Bright topaz denizensof a world of green" evoke an image that these regal tigers are unafraid of other beings in the jungle. Bright here signifies their powerful and radiant persona. There is a sense of certainty and confidence in the way these tigers move as can be seen in the line "They pace in sleek chivalric certainty".

In the second stanza, the reality of Aunt Jennifer is revealed as she is feeble, weak and enslaved, very much the opposite of the tigers she was knitting. Her physical and mental trauma is depicted in the line "find even the ivory needle hard to pull". Even though a wedding ring doesnt weigh much, "the massive weight of uncles wedding band, sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifers hand" signifies the amount of dominance her husband exercised over her. This also means that her inner free spirit has been jailed by the patriarchal society.

The last stanza starts on a creepy note about Aunt Jennifers death. Even her death couldnt free her from the ordeals she went through which can be seen in "When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by". But her art work which was her escape route or in a way, her inner sense of freedom, will stay forever, proud andunafraid.

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