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-transgression and taboo
-women's bodies as symbols
-self image & self reflection
-violence within a relationship
-Agbabi often comments racial and sexual issues
-Born to Nigerian parents and fostered by a white English family in North Wales
-ten tercet stanzas- regimented mood
-Assonance between the final words on the 1st & 3rd lines of each stanza e.g. "cake" and "weight"
-alternative form of assonance in each line- breaks from the traditional idea of using rhyme.
-rhyme scheme enables variety of language but maintains a sense of conformity and expectation, echos the expectations of the feeder.
-consistent end stopped lines on the final line of each stanza (with the exception of stanza six)- idea of routine and consistency -
final lines of the last stanza end with full stops- signifies man's and relationship's death, more dramatic, brings a sense of unease to the reader by how the expected pattern and rhythm has been disrupted
'When i hit thirty'
-starts like a story
-30 is ambiguous and could mean years or stone- it ends up meaning stone
'The icing was white but the letters were pink,'
-white- symbolises purity- he is trying to appear selfless and like he is trying to help her
-pink- feminine cake
-capitals for emphasis- ordering her to eat, she has no control, reference to Alice in Wonderland- contrasts her body to Alice's
-full stop- forces the end of the sentence
-'eat'- imperative- commanding
'And I ate, did what I was told.'
-No emotive language is used- he has stolen her will and emotions
'broad belly', 'masses of cellulite', 'swell', 'whale', 'fat', 'desert island'
-semantic field of obese- emphasis
'Hips judder like a juggernaut.'
-simile- her appearance is purely for his pleasure and gratification
-she has no say, rights, or control over her own body
'The bigger the better'
-'bigger', 'better'- comparative, shows his greed for her to grow bigger
'I like big girls, soft girls, girls I can burrow inside'
-rule of 3- emphasises what he likes
-repetition of 'girls'- does not see her as a woman, demeaning her and taking away her power, controls her like a parent does a child (creepy as parents are supposed to care), plural suggests there have been others
-objectifies her rather than seeing her as a girlfriend/wife- she exists to meet his likes
'But he was my cook,'
-at first it was beneficial to her
-does not see what he is doing to her
-does not see her loss of power or his control over her through giving her food
'Jaccuzi', 'tidal wave', 'flowed', 'drowned'
-semantic field of water- water is often feminine
-possessive pronoun- powerful over the following word and taking ownership of it like he does to her, she is dominated and controlled by him
'Swell like forbidden fruit'
-reference to the Garden of Eden- she subconsciously knows it is wrong
-breadfruit is a staple in some parts of the world- she is essential to him
-she thinks in terms of food
-imagery- she is helpless, emphasises how obese she has become
'too fat', fat
-anaphora on the last 3 lines of the stanza- emphasis
-repetition of fat in the last 3 lines
'The day I hit 39'
-39 stone- grew from 30
-stones show the passage of time rather than her age
'I allowed him'
-'I'- the last stanza uses much more I than the previous one, pronouns change from 'his', she has the power now
'my globe of a cheek'
-hyperbolic- her cheek is as big as the world
'Open wide, poured olive oil down my throat'
-alliteration- 'O' sound imitates choking
-extreme abuse metaphor- by giving her the disgusting tasting oil rather than cake there is no pretence of being nice but she still accepts it
The man's words in italics
-2 voices with the man quotes in italics
-the man's voice is preserved- his power is ingrained in the woman, she does exactly what she is told, suppressed and dominated by words
-no rights to change his words (freedom of speech
-heard so many times
-does not understand it to say it in her own words
'Soon you'll be forty... he whispered'
-whisper- trying to be sensual, shows his attraction in her growth in size, does not need to should to command her as he is confident she is subservient
-will not could- absolutely certain
'how could I not'
-no other option
-determined to end the abuse
-absolving herself of blame
'six hours that felt like a week.'
-does not know what to do without him
'There was nothing left in the house to eat.'
-Nothing left for him to abuse her with
-she is empty without her supply of food
'His mouth slightly open, eyes bulging with greed'
-grotesque imagery- affirms the reader's dislike of him
-'bulging'- verb emphasises the huge amount of greed
-'mouth slightly open'- drowned
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