How do the last two lines of the poem bring out the lament of women?

The lament of the woman is brought out in the last two lines by juxtaposing the image of the dead aunt whose terrified hands are still ringed with the ordeals which mastered her and the image of the tigers in the panel that she made which will continue to prance, proud and unafraid even after her death. This shows that the woman cannot gain her freedom and self-identity while she is alive, it is only in death that she can be freed of the ties that bind her. She can die as a woman but she will continue to live as a married woman. Although the gender of the tigers are not mentioned explicitly in the poem, it can be inferred that their gender is not so important as these are creatures of Aunt Jennifer's imagination. They can either be considered to be 'male' because she uses the word tiger rather than tigress. They pace in sleek chivalry which is usually associated with men so it can be inferred that they are male. Aunt Jennifer probably envisages a world where men do not have to assert their masculinity by dominating a woman, they can do so regardless of the female presence so that the women are also free from dominion.

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