through aunt jennifer is a representative of women fighting against masculine authority and power what is the implication of creating a tiger that is extremely masculine and authoritative
'Aunt Jennifer's Tigers' is a poem which concerns the loss of a woman's independence and identity due to her marriage and the role that she must constantly play as a wife which stifles her mental freedom. It deals with a woman who is trapped in an oppressive marriage, her situation seems inescapable such that she takes to creating the tigers in the poem which are symbolic of her wish for a free rein to her womanhood, independent of her role as her husband's wife. The bold images of the tigers are contrasted with the timidity of the woman, they are fearless and assertive, unlike their creator who leads an ordered and conventional life under the shadow of her husband. Aunt Jennifer's tigers are creatures of her imagination which find full freedom and expression in her in her mind rather than in her actual life because of how repressed she is by her husband and married life.