responded to and lead sinkers weighting her down. Thus, everything that makes the protagonist a modern human is gone: name, clothing, history. Again, what one might see as a representation of happiness is actually an observation. She is wiped clean of her identity. The tulips are viewed as a negative by the speaker. Unusually, a clinical setting is a source of comfort here. With this she accepts sensation, even taste, and rejoins her rejected angry identity.
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The protagonist continues with Madonna-like imagery. To lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty. The Madonna/nun image is juxtaposed with that of a corpse. She wishes not to be there. This positive image takes the alarming form of dissonant bright needles. It asks nothing but a name tag or toe tag. As viewed in Sylvia Plaths poem, Tulips, the loss of self-identity brings nothingness and yearning for death.