Essay The Lady in the Pink Mustang

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In “The Lady in the Pink Mustang” the poet challenges the readers with two contrasting imageries of a woman; the one is the normal woman in her Cadillac while the contrasting image is that of a woman driving her pink Mustang on highways during night. The poem appears to project the two confusing images of a woman during the day time and night. The use of the epithet “Lady” in the title gives the impression of respectability but the word has been used ironically to refer to prostitute, poor woman or a native. The woman’s status is therefore ambiguous and the association of pink Mustang with the woman identifies her class and cultural status in a commercial world where everything sells. The readers are apt to feel confused in the …show more content…
The Lady in the Pink Mustang may or may not be a Native American metaphor but is nonetheless perceived as being subjected to otherness experienced by the Native women. Being on “the Road” possibly emphasizes the alienation, uprootedness and the otherness experienced by those that are not connected to place or community for being on “the Road” means belonging nowhere and being alone. The descriptions of the Lady’s life on the road put her in the ambiguous position of in-between. The moment of transition for the woman evident in the opening line “The sun goes down for hours,” connotes the temporal location to be found in timelessness devoid of past and future. The woman travels in her pink Mustang and therefore is not at a fixed place nor is she at a defined time. She has no belongings and as such she doesn’t keep what may not have immediate use and won’t carry things she can’t use any more. These are the characteristics of immigrant laborers who need things that they can use not the ones they can’t. All she has is her physical body with which she transacts bargains and negotiates. As a woman ever in move in her Mustang she transcends the barriers of time and place: There is a point in the distance where the road meets itself, where coming and going must kiss into

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