Having to chose a favorite passage from my essay on Plath’s “The Snowman on the Moor” was not easy. A lot of my essay built into other portions of it so it was hard to take an isolated passage from it that would make sense alone. Here is what I chose:
“Earlier in the poem there is foreshadowing of the warning of the skulls. The daisies warn the woman to remain “Indoors with politic goodwill, not haste/Into a landscape/Of stark wind-harrowed hills and weltering mist.” The daisies are described as “beheaded… marrowless, and gaunt.” This is quite similar to the decapitated skulls that appear later. The house here represents the domestication of women. The house itself is a yonic symbol, it is fairly hallow like the womb and life grows within it. The house is also where women have been placed for centuries. A woman’s habitat has typically been in the home to carry the burden of raising children. The landscape the daisies warn against entering into is a metaphor for a land where the binary of men over women may be broken. It is a scary, mysterious scene where no other living person is found. In this sense, broken women warn a fellow woman of the dangers of fighting the status quo.”
I suppose I like this passage because you get the sense of what the entire essay is about. There are a few things I would change about this passage now though. Along with some rephrasing, I think I would spell out the point I am trying to get at a little more clearly.