How is the poem a forceful expression of the evils of patriarchy?

How is the poem a forceful expression of the evils of patriarchy?

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  1. The poem Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers depicts two contrasting things. First fearlessness, boldness and courage in the art (the tigers) and cowardliness, fear and failed life of the artist (Aunt Jennifer). The poet explains how Aunt Jennifer finds peace in her art and escapes from the harsh reality.

    The harsh reality refers to her failed marriage in which her husband is dominating over her life. She does not seem to possess any rights or privileges. The “massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band” on her hand shows that she has no control over her life. She is subjected to ordeals and will have to bear them throughout her life.

    When she carves the tigers on canvas, her fingers flutter like the wings of birds which show that she is terrified because of her husband. Thus the poem exposes the evils of patriarchal society.

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