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Plath’s Stings – An Analysis - Plath’s Stings – An Analysis “Stings” is a feminist poem by Sylvia Plath. The last two stanzas are important in understanding Plath’s feeling while writing the poem. In lines fifty-one through sixty the speaker conveys that, although she may have been a drudge before, she will not be one any more. She refuses to submit to society and be a hard working drudge. The speaker believes she is more than that — perhaps even a queen: “They thought death was worth it, but I have a self to recover, a queen.” The speaker in the poem realizes that she has the potential to be a queen, and she didn't want to give up on that dream....   [tags: Stings Essays] 400 words
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Analysis of Stings by Sylvia Plath - In lines 51-60 of “Stings,” imagery, allusion, and antithesis are employed by the author, Sylvia Plath, to develop her attitude towards men. In this section of “Stings,” Plath uses the “queen bee” as a symbol of herself -- a fiery, angry, vengeful daughter who rises up in spite of the man (her husband Ted) described in lines 38-50. Because much of Plath’s work is confessional poetry, it can be analyzed not only by her use of poetic devices but by her personal history as well. This poem was written on 21 May 1962, the day after a weekend visit by some friends of the family, the Wevils....   [tags: Stings Essays] 536 words
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Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus and Stings - Lady Lazarus and Stings Sylvia Plath's works are known for their extremes. Much of the influence of her poems came from the males in her life that had the most effect on her; her father, Otto Plath and Ted Hughes, who she married and later it fell apart when Ted began having an affair. The effects of these men on her were mostly negative, making her poems to have loathing and suffering. Otto Plath published a book about bees early in Sylvia's life, and he kept bees, which was an n activity later carried on by his daughter....   [tags: Lady Lazarus Essays] 507 words
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Comparing Suffering in Plath's Ariel, Stings, Lady Lazarus, Wintering, and Fever 103° - Portrayal of Suffering in Plath's Ariel, Stings, Lady Lazarus, Wintering, and Fever 103°    Sylvia Plath's poems evoke the worst of subjective fallacies. Probably some of our charged reactions are symptomatic of the times and the culture; but more of them seem to stem from the always-too-easy identification between troubled poet and what might be the tone of imagery and rhythm of the poem considered. Because Plath worked so intensively in archetypal imagery (water, air, fire as bases for image patterns, for example), many of her poems could be read as either "dark" wasteland kinds of expressions, or as the reverse, as death-by-water, salvation poems--destruction implied, but also surviv...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Pain in Slyvia Plath's Poetry - The pain the poet experiences during and prior to the creative process results in blood flood, which is the release and birth of words, the relentless stream of poetry. The poet bleeds the poems. They will not keep still inside. Out they run and run... Plath frequently relates and compares the blood and thrill of birth of poetry to childbirth: the child forces its way out in the world, screams for delivery, just as words will keep torturing the poet and will not leave her calm unless they gush forward and amalgamate in poems....   [tags: Poetry] 451 words
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Analysis of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” ( http://thinkexist.com/quotes/sylvia_plath/) The Bell Jar is a very complicated book that deals with very complex issues. There are numerous ways this book can be examined this paper will focus on analysis through the use of theories. There are a plethora of different theories that could be utilized to dissect this book this paper will focus on five. The first theory to be discussed is structuralism, this theory is composed of many different branches....   [tags: Sylvia Plath]
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Esther Greenwood in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath wrote the semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, in which the main character, Esther, struggles with depression as she attempts to make herself known as a writer in the 1950’s. She is getting the opportunity to apprentice under a well-known fashion magazine editor, but still cannot find true happiness. She crumbles under her depression due to feeling that she doesn’t fit in, and eventually ends up being put into a mental hospital undergoing electroshock therapy. Still, she describes the depth of her depression as “Wherever I sat - on the deck of a ship or at a street a cafe in Paris or Bangkok - I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air” (P...   [tags: the bell jar, syvia plath]
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Little Fugue and Morning Song by Sylvia Plath - A relationship is an emotional connection to someone involving an interaction between two or more people. There are many types of relationships, some functional and others far from being workable. I will demonstrate this through my texts of; Little Fugue, and Morning Song both poems written by Sylvia Plath; the movie, Love Actually; and the book, Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. Little Fugue by Sylvia Plath is my first example of how we all perceive our different relationships. This poem is about Plath talking of her father and herself and the lack of communication between the two....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Poem Poetry] 1480 words
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Sylvia Plath’s “Mirror”: How a Woman Matures - Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror” is about a women maturing with time and her mirror is witness to her aging and her journey to finding herself. The mirror serves as a vivid portrayal of women’s life and stride through a very reliable persona, the mirror. Along her required journey she is faced with obstacles, such as herself and time ticking. All through life’s inconsistencies the mirror is the only one that does not hide her truth but reveals it to her even though she may not want to face reality. This poem is a representation of the idea that beauty lies in the hands of the beholder....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, poetry, Mirror,] 880 words
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Women's Fight Against Social Convention in Sylvia Plath's Poem, Ariel - Women's Fight Against Social Convention in Sylvia Plath's Poem, Ariel "Ariel" is the title poem from Sylvia Plath's controversial collection of poetry written during the last few months of her life in 1963. The traditional gender roles of 1960s America promoted a double-standard and wrongly imposed upon women the idea of a "Happy Housewife Heroine" who cherished "the receptivity and passivity implicit in (her) nature" and was "devoted to (her) own beauty and (her) ability to bear and nurture children" (Friedan, 59)....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Ariel]
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Sylvia Plath’s Mourning and Creativity - Sylvia Plath’s Mourning and Creativity Abstract In this article, I concentrate on the connection between mourning and creativity in Sylvia Plath’s work. Melanie Klein postulates that the pain of mourning and the reparation experienced in the depressive position is the basis of creative activity. Through creative activity, one can restore lost internal and external objects and lost happiness. I argue that Plath’s work is an example of Klein’s idea that artists’ creative products represent the process of mourning....   [tags: Sylvia Plath]
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The Shock of Sylvia Plath's Daddy - The Shock of Plath’s Daddy “Daddy” is one of the most highly anthologized poems of Plath's (along with "Lady Lazarus"). It is a notorious poem, the one once compared to "Guernica" by George Steiner. The imagery and audaciousness of it still shock, so much so that I don't even know if it is being taught or anthologized or taught any more; it is almost as if the critical world has had its say on it and has moved on, either to other poems in Ariel, or to other books altogether, such as The Colossus or Crossing The Water....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays] 540 words
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An Analysis of Sylvia Plath's Poem, Daddy - An Analysis of Sylvia Plath's Poem, Daddy Sylvia Plath's famous poem "Daddy" seems to refer quite consistently to her deceased father (and obliquely to her then estranged husband Ted Hughes) by use of many references that can clearly be associated with the background of Otto Plath, emphasizing his German heritage. These include the "Polish town" where Otto was born, the atrocities of the German Nazis in the Second World War ("Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen"), the "Luftwaffe," and even the professorial pose of Dr....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy Essays]
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Preparing for Death in Sylvia Plath's Daddy - Preparing for Death in Plath’s Daddy   Throughout the poem "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath, the author struggles to escape the memory of her father who died when she was only ten years old. She also expresses anger at her husband, Ted Hughes, who abandoned her for another woman. The confessional poem begins with a series of metaphors about Plath's father which progress from godlike to demonic. Near the end, a new metaphor emerges, when the author realizes that her estranged husband is actually the vampire of her dead father, sent to torture her....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy]
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Plath’s Daddy Essays: Allegory in Plath’s Daddy - Allegory in Plath’s Daddy   In her poem "Daddy", Plath artfully intermixes the "factually" true with the "emotionally" true. There are scraps of her own life here, but the poem is much bigger than that, and goes beyond the face-value interpretation that is it nothing but a self-indulgent literary vengeance spree. Daddy works on both a biographical/personal level for Plath, but also on an allegorical level as well. I see this poem as a dual testament to Plath's (and all women's) struggle against male power, authority, influence, etc....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays] 484 words
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Plath’s Daddy Essays: Language in Plath’s Daddy - Language in Plath’s Daddy The speaker of "Daddy" might be seen as our collective inner child, the voice of a world that has "fallen a long way." There is an implied gain in the poem -- of catharsis, liberation -- but "Daddy" is fundamentally a poem about loss. The speaker has finally and irrevocably disabused herself of the notion of a "recovered" childhood, the dream of "the waters off beautiful Nauset." There is no going "back, back, back" to some illusory idyllic existence, no way to make whole that "pretty red heart": the first oppressor in this poem is the unrealized past ("You died before I had time--")....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays] 463 words
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Revenge and Hatred in Sylvia Plath's Daddy - Revenge and Hatred in Plath's Daddy The power of Plath's Daddy to threaten, shock and move the reader remains undiminished, years after it was written. To the unsuspecting reader, the experience of first reading "Daddy" is a confusion of discomfort, excitement and guilty pleasure, for the pleasures of revenge are said to be sweet, and this is a revenge poem of the first rank. Revenge upon whom. Father. Perhaps, more likely, upon her husband. And her aim was true, for if anything Plath wrote damaged Ted Hughes for posterity, "Daddy" is it....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy] 595 words
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Weaknesses of Esther and Plath Exposed in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Weaknesses of Esther and Plath Exposed in The Bell Jar      The glass of which a bell jar is constructed is thick and suffocating, intending to preserve its ornamental contents but instead traps in it stale air.  The thickness of the bell jar glass prevents the prisoner from clearly seeing through distortion.  Sylvia Plath writes with extreme conviction, as The Bell Jar is essentially her autobiography.  The fitting title symbolizes not only her suffocation and mental illness, but also the internal struggle of Plath's alter ego and novel protagonist Esther Greenwood.  The novel illustrates the theme confinement by highlighting the weaknesses of both Esther and Plath....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]
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Plath's The Bell Jar -The Liberated Woman - Plath's The Bell Jar -The Liberated Woman      I tried to imagine what it would be like if Constantin were my husband.   It would mean getting up at seven and cooking him eggs and bacon and toast and coffee and dawdling about in my nightgown and curlers after he'd left for work to wash up the dirty plates and make the bed, and then when he came home after a lively, fascinating day he'd expect a big dinner, and I'd spend the evening washing up even more dirty plates till I fell into bed, utterly exhausted....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]
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Sylvia Plath's Words for a Nursery - Sylvia Plath's Words for a Nursery Sylvia Plath’s “Words for a Nursery” depicts the embodiment of life through the symbolism of a human hand. Referring to the hand many times throughout various works(“Mirrors”, “Tulips”, “Lady Lazarus”, etc), Plath continually portrays this feature as a bodily tool around which life functions. After becoming pregnant with her first child, Plath’s analysis of the progression of life from birth to death can be seen within such a poem. Like most of her poetry, “Words for a Nursery” escalates in a positive manner until the end where death is expressed, and a sense of pessimism is briefly felt....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Words Nursery Poetry Essays] 1761 words
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Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus - Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" In her poem, “Lady Lazarus,” Sylvia Plath uses dark imagery, disturbing diction, and allusions to shameful historical happenings to create a unique and morbid tone that reflects the necessity of life and death. Although the imagery and diction and allusions are all dark and dreary, it seems that the speaker’s attitude towards death is positive. The speaker longs for death, and despises the fact the she is continually raised up out of it. From the title, Plath gives us immediately the theme of the poem....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Lady Lazarus Essays] 1358 words
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Sylvia Plath's Poetry - Sylvia Plath's Poetry Wrapped in gaseous mystique, Sylvia Plath’s poetry has haunted enthusiastic readers since immediately after her death in February, 1963. Like her eyes, her words are sharp, apt tools which brand her message on the brains and hearts of her readers. With each reading, she initiates them forever into the shrouded, vestal clan of her own mind. How is the reader to interpret those singeing, singing words. Her work may be read as a lone monument, with no ties to the world she left behind....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Poem Essays]
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Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Depression and suicide are commonly discussed in today’s society; however, in the 1950s, incidents such as suicidal feelings were not mentioned due to being deemed too risqué. Sylvia Plath is well-known for her poetry, yet her prose is equally as noteworthy. According to Frances McCullough, The Bell Jar is a “pre-drugs, pre-Pill, pre-Women’s Studies” (Plath xiii) novel, which focuses on weighty issues which were not typically discussed during the time period. The semiautobiographical novel deals with depression and suicide, as well as a search for one’s identity, feminism, and rebirth....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Bell Jar Essays Depression]
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Tone in Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus - Tone in Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" In “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath, the speaker’s tone is revealed through many different poetic aspects. Throughout her writing, the speaker’s attitude towards death appears to be happy but, when looking more closely at Plath’s use of poetic devices her attitude is bitter. Shown mainly through the diction, images, sounds and repetition, this depressing tone emphasizes the speaker’s feelings about death. First, diction or word choice used throughout this poem depicts apart the meaning and stresses the tone....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Lady Lazarus Essays] 1867 words
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A Comparison of Joan Gilling and Esther Greenwoods in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - A Comparison of Joan Gilling and Esther Greenwoods in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Have you ever heard of the term “doppelgănger”. If not, it means “double” in German. To say that the character, Joan Gilling, is Esther Greenwoods “double” in the novel “The Bell Jar”, by Sylvia Plath, would be an understatement. Esther and Joan are one in the same. Joan and Esther endure many of the same obstacles throughout the novel. Joan’s actions to these struggles ultimately make Esther come to terms with reality....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Character Comparison]
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Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy - Sylvia Plath's Poem "Daddy" Overbearing fathers who dominant their children’s lives dispose of comfort and security and instead cause irreversible damage. Sylvia Plath writes about her own experiences dealing with her authoritarian father in “Daddy.” In this poem, Plath utilizes literary devices like allusion, child-like diction, and dualistic organization to communicate her bitterness in this theme of resentment and scorn. Plath’s usage of allusion calls the reader to bring their own knowledge to the poem....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy Poetry Poem Essays] 684 words
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Plath’s Daddy Essay: Father and Husband as Vampires - Father and Husband as Vampires in Plath’s Daddy    The poem "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath concludes with the symbolic scene of the speaker killing her vampire father.  On an obvious level this represents Plath's struggle to deal with the haunting influence of her own father who died when she was a little girl.  However, as Mary G. DeJong points out, "Now that Plath's work is better known, ‘Daddy' is generally recognized as more than a confession of her personal feelings towards her father" (34-35).  In the context of the poem the scene's symbolism becomes ambiguous because mixed in with descriptions of the poet's father are clear references to her husband, who left her for another woman as "Daddy...   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays]
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Truth, Illusion, and Examination in Sylvia Plath's The Mirror - Truth, Illusion, and Examination in Sylvia Plath's The Mirror           Who would be so pretentious as to suggest that they were "silver and exact," and that they "have no preconceptions?" Poet Sylvia Plath dares to "meditate on the opposite wall" in her poem The Mirror to reveal to her reader some of her own insecurities, the theme of this, and several other of her poems. The poet does some introspective exploration in both stanzas; the two carefully intended to 'mirror' each other. It is her use of private or contextual symbolism, her use of symbols to create an atmosphere of truth versus illusion, and her design of the mirror to symbolize her inner-self that make this poem such a vehi...   [tags: Sylvia Plath Mirror Essays] 660 words
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Plath’s Daddy Essay: Clusters of Images - Clusters of Images in Daddy Imagery in literature provides the writer with an instrument for establishing a viewpoint or perspective. The author can use an unlimited amount of symbols, similes, and metaphors that produce an atmosphere for the reader to visualize the story effectively. In the poem "Daddy," written by Sylvia Plath, the author utilizes numerous clusters of images to represent the fury and wrath of a crazed woman haunted by her father's frightening and domineering disposition....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays] 649 words
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Ester's Search in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Ester's Search in The Bell Jar “I couldn’t stand the idea of a woman having to have a single pure life and a man being able to have a double life, one pure and one not” (Plath 66). Ester is against the conventional attitude of what a woman’s place in society is and expresses this in a number of ways throughout the book. Ester tells us her views on the sexual relationship between a man and a woman, motherhood, and the kind of career that is considered practical. Ester’s view on purity is described in the above quote, and as a result she feels the need to lose her virginity....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays] 502 words
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Esther's Liberation in Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar - Esther's Liberation in The Bell Jar      On the surface The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a loosely based autobiographical account of a young woman's search for identity that is eventually found through mental breakdown. Because Esther Greenwood's aspirations are smothered by traditional female roles, she must find herself through purging her mind of these restraints.   Upon closer inspection, Esther plight is representative of her contemporaries and even of many women today who "over and over...(have) heard in voices of tradition and of Freudian sophistication that they could desire no greater destiny than to glory in their own femininity" (Friedan, 461)....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]
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The Figures Displayed in Sylvia Plath's Mirror - The Figures Displayed in Sylvia Plath's Mirror The speaker in Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror" is the actual mirror itself, which has been owned by a now "old woman" (16) for quite some time. This woman has looked into her mirror every day for many years now. The mirror is very aware of her presence and its environment when she is not present. The author provides many details in order for the reader to grasp the mirror's view on its ever-day sights, but this would be an impossible task without the major use of figures of speech....   [tags: Poetry Poem Sylvia Plath mirror Essays]
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Freedom from Male Oppression in Sylvia Plath's Daddy - Freedom from Male Oppression in Sylvia Plath's Daddy Word Count includes Poem    Sylvia Plath?s poem "Daddy" describes her feelings of oppression from her childhood and conjures the struggle many women face in a male-dominated society. The conflict of this poem is male authority versus the right of a female to control her own life and be free of male domination. Plath?s conflicts begin with her father and continue into the relationship between her and her husband. This conflict is examined in lines 71-80 of "Daddy" in which Plath compares the damage her father caused to that of her husband....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays Poetry Sylvia] 1202 words
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Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath was a gifted writer, poet and verbal artist whose personal anguish and torment visibly manifested itself in her work. Much of her angst stems from her warped relationship with her father. Other factors that influenced her works were her strained views of human sexuality, her sado-masochistic tendencies, self-hatred and her traditional upbringing. She was labeled as a confessional poet and biographical and historical material is absolutely necessary to understand her work. Syliva Plath was born on 27, 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts to Otto Emil Plath and Aurelia Schober....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Biography Biographies Essays]
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Feminine Identity in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Despite her apparent disavowal of the overtly sexual Doreen, Esther’s anxieties about sex continue to manifest themselves through clothing, as evidenced by her attempt to cultivate a friendship with Betsy, a virginal young woman from Kansas. If Doreen is the quintessential “bad girl,” then Betsy, nicknamed “Pollyanna Cowgirl” by Doreen, is the quintessential “good” girl, with her “her bouncing blonde ponytail and Sweetheart-of-Sigma-Chi smile” (6). As a model young woman, Betsy “does” fashion correctly, eventually becoming a model herself: after her guest editorship, Betsy became a “cover girl,” and Esther occasionally sees her “smiling out of those ‘P.Q.’s wife wears B.H....   [tags: Sylvia Plath]
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Sylvia Plath's Mirror - Sylvia Plath's Mirror Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" offers a unique perspective on the attitudes of aging. "Mirror" displays tremendous insight and objectivity into the natural human behavior of growing older. Plath is able to emphasize the loneliness, hope, despair, and insecurity that awaits us through mankind's incessant addiction with reflection. "Mirror" expresses the problems associated with aging through terse comparisons between reality and desire. Plathe's strength of "Mirror" lies in its ability to establish a solid comparison among appearance and human emotions between the first and second stanzas....   [tags: Papers Sylvia Plath Poem Poetry Essays]
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Sartre's Theories and Sylvia Plath's Poem Lady Lazarus - Sartre's Theories and Sylvia Plath's Poem Lady Lazarus After reading Sartre's Essays in Existentialism, I evaluated Sylvia Plath's poem "Lady Lazarus" according to my interpretation of Sartre's philosophy, then used this aesthetic impression to evaluate the efficacy of Sartre's theories as they apply toward evaluating and understanding art. If you have not read the poem in question, I suggest you go here to check it out before reading this essay. "We write our own destiny -- we become what we do." -- Madame Chiang Kai-Shek When a reader experiences Sylvia Plath, immediately he is aware that he has never read anything like it....   [tags: Sartre Sylvia Plath Lazarus Philosophy Essays] 1748 words
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Esther’s Role Models in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Esther’s Role Models in The Bell Jar       Throughout Plath’s  novel, The Bell Jar, Esther Greenwood has trouble deciding who she wants to be. Her search for an identity leads her to look at her female role models. These women are not ideal in her eyes. Although they represent a part of what she herself wants to be, Esther finds it impossible to decide which one she is to become. Jay Cee, Mrs. Willard, Philomena Guinea, her mother and Doctor Nolan all act as role models for Esther Greenwood. The ways in which these women are portrayed reveals a lot about Esther's perspectives on identity and her search for an identity of her own....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]
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Imagery In Poems "Daddy" And "Lady Lazarus" By Sylvia Plath - In poems of Sylvia Plath, entitled "Lady Lazarus" and "Daddy" some elements are similar, including used hostile imagery, gloomy atmosphere as well as recurring theme of suicide, but the poems differ in respect of the speaker’s point of view and attitude towards addressed person or unfavorable surroundings. These elements are employed by Plath in order to intensify the impact on her audience and convey all extreme emotions. Another issue that is considered to be worthy of thinking over is the question why the poet refers to Holocaust and the suffering of the Jews in Nazi concentration camps....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Lady Lazarus Daddy Comparison]
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Conservative Roles of Women in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Conservative Roles of Women in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The ultraconservative air of the 1950’s breeds the Betty Crocker kind of woman, satisfied with her limited role in a male-dominated society, one who simply submits to the desires and expectations of the opposite sex. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath explored the effects of society’s traditional standards on a young woman coming of age. The main character, Esther Greenwood, a nineteen year-old college student, receives messages about a woman’s place in society throughout her life....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays Female Gender Role Papers] 1471 words
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Ted Hughes’s Pike versus Sylvia Plath’s Mirror - Hughes’s “Pike,” Plath’s “Mirror” Abstract: Sylvia Plath’s 1961 poem “Mirror” can be read as a rejoinder to Ted Hughes’s 1958 poem “Pike.” Plath shrinks her husband’s mythic grandeur to reveal a psychodrama of the self as a vanishing façade. Sylvia Plath’s 1961 poem "Mirror" builds up to the appearance of a terrible fish, an internalized counterpart of the watching consciousness under the dark pond of Ted Hughes's 1958 poem "Pike." Whereas Hughes's poem evokes the spirit of the place and the genetic residue of England's violent past, a version perhaps of Clarence's dream of the sea of fish-eaten victims of the Wars of the Roses in Shakespeare's history play Richard III, and the sunless sea...   [tags: Ted Hughes Sylvia Plath Poetry Poet Poem]
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Sylvia Plath's Mirror and D.H. Lawrence's Piano - Poets often use techniques such as tone, imagery, themes, and poem structure to create a more complex view of their stance on the subject. These features can make the poem more interesting to the reader and helps to develop their story. The use of imagery in a poem can take the reader on a journey filled with sensory images that help the reader to connect with the subjects of the poems. The tone of the poem determines the mood and feelings that the reader will experience. The theme of a poem holds the true meaning and point of the poem and is explained using the above literary techniques....   [tags: poetic analysis]
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Identity in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Identity in The Bell Jar         A sense of individuality is essential for surviving the numerous emotional and physical obstacles encountered in daily life. A unique identity is perhaps one of the only true characteristics that defines an individual and is definitely a key principle for understanding and responding to one's atmosphere. In the "Bell Jar," Esther battles not only a deteriorating mental stability, but also a lack of a sense of individuality. Esther is a young, sensitive and intelligent woman who feels oppressed by the obvious social restrictions placed upon women, and the pressure she feels regarding her future....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]
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Sylvia Plath and the Bell Jar - "The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head…” For most people, when the name Sylvia Plath comes to mind, the word “psychotic” is the word that follows; however, there was more to Plath than her demented works. Throughout her shortened life, Plath had a variety of titles bestowed upon her: daughter, sister, student, wife, mother, teacher, author, and poetess However, Sylvia Plath was a haunted soul, as she also had the labels of “manic depressive” and “bipolar.” Her constant struggles with her mental illnesses are evident in her writing, especially her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Biography of Sylvia Plath - As one of the most multitalented writers of the twentieth century, Sylvia Plath was highly esteemed by fans and fellow writers alike. Sylvia Plath’s parents, Aurelia Schober and Otto Plath, had met when Aurelia became Otto’s student at Boston University. Otto was a biology professor with an infatuation with bees; he had even published a book titled Bumblebees and their ways. Otto and Aurelia married in January of 1932, and by October of the same year Aurelia gave birth in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts to a daughter, Sylvia....   [tags: biographies, writers]
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Lady Lazarus, by Sylvia Plath - “Lady Lazarus” is a poem by Sylvia Plath, written in 1962 shortly before her death in early 1963, and published posthumously by her husband, poet Ted Hughes, in 1965 in the collected volume Ariel. “Lady Lazarus” is a poem about suicide as a rebirth, and was in part inspired by Plath's own life and draws heavily on Plath's lifelong struggle with bipolar depression and suicidal feelings, and uses holocaust imagery to paint a bleak portrait of suicide and hopelessness. Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1932 to a German immigrant college professor and his graduate student-turned-wife....   [tags: biographical, historical and literary analysis]
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath Research Paper Title The Bell Jar "place[s] [the] turbulent months[of an adolescent’s life] in[to] mature perspective" (Hall, 30). In The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath uses parallelism, stream of consciousness, the motif of renewal and rebirth, symbolism of the boundary-driven entrapped mentally ill, and auto-biographical details to epitomize the mental downfall of protagonist, Esther Greenwood. Plath also explores the idea of how grave these timeless and poignant issues can affect a fragile, aspiring woman during an unforgiving period for women....   [tags: research paper, literary analysis]
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Lady Lazarus, by Sylvia Plath - “Lady Lazarus” provides unfiltered insight into the emotions and desires of a deeply tormented woman. Having been denied a relationship with her father, abased by a dissatisfied mother, betrayed by her husband, and deprived of the ability to take her own life, Sylvia Plath was desperately seeking control. Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” contains her evolution from a tortured and paranoid soul to a powerful feministic icon that seems to be more than human. Despite the openness of the poem, in nature and in form, the disturbing imagery works to place tremendous distance between the poet and the reader....   [tags: Tormented Women, Poem Analysis] 1315 words
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Imagery in "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath - In ‘Daddy’, Sylvia Plath utilises a vast quantity of emotionally powerful - and in some areas, sharply contrasting - imagery. The poem holds the theme of resentment and anguish, mixed with the desperation to understand, and share affection. It is, on many levels, identifiable to Plath’s own life, and it is this, laced intricately amongst a plethora of shocking and deeply emotive imagery regarding Nazism, persecution and evil, that gives the poem the strength and meaning that has enabled it to become a classic of literature....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 554 words
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The Life and Poetry of Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath was a novelist and a poet in which she expressed her deep feelings about death, nature and her opinions about the universe. Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston. Her father, Otto Plath, was a professor at Boston University and was also expert with bees. He published a story in 1934, “Bumblebees and Their Ways.” Sylvia was impressed by they way her father handles the bees. When Plath was only eight years old, her father died from diabetes, but before his death he was known as authoritarian....   [tags: biography, poetry] 1667 words
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Biography of Sylvia Plath - Critical Analysis Sylvia Plath, a great American author, focuses mostly on actual experiences. Plath’s poetry displays feelings and emotions. Plath had the ability to transform everyday happenings into poems or diary entries. Plath had a passion for poetry and her work was valued. She was inspired by novelists and her own skills. Her poetry was also very important to readers and critics. Sylvia Plath’s work shows change throughout her lifetime, relates to feelings and emotions, and focuses on day to day experiences....   [tags: american author, passion, experiences] 1440 words
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Analysis of Mirror, by Sylvia Plath - The theme of this poem is perspective, how the woman sees herself and how she is actually portrayed. In other words this poem is bashing the idea of vanity and replacing it with reality. Plath uses different types of figures of speech to try to make the intended theme clear. In the first nine line of the poem, personification is used to promote the theme. The second section of the poem lines 10-14 Plath uses metaphors, paradox and a jealous tone to relate to the theme of the poem....   [tags: poem, vanity, reality]
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Literature is the superlative resource when one is attempting to comprehend or fathom how society has transformed over the centuries. Many written works—whether fictional or nonfictional—express the views of gender roles and societies’ expectations. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is an exemplary novel that explores these issues. Ester Greenwood was portrayed the superficial and oppressive values of the mid-twentieth century American society through her experiences of gender inequalities and social conformities....   [tags: society, gender stereotype ]
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Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus - Sylvia Plath, author of “Lady Lazarus”, is “widely considered one of the most emotionally evocative and compelling American poets of the postwar period” (“Plath, Sylvia: Introduction”). Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts and her father died when she was eight. Plath attended Smith College and due to overwhelming conditions, she lapsed into a severe depression and overdosed on sleeping pills. After receiving psychiatric care, Plath enrolled in Newnham College where she met and married English poet Ted Hughes....   [tags: literary analysis]
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - On January 14th of 1963, Sylvia Plath had finally completed The Bell Jar after approximately two years of writing. This novel could have been considered a partial autobiography, because the main character Esther Greenwood eerily represents Sylvia Plath. There are a number of references to Plath’s real life throughout the book, too many for it to be considered a mere coincidence. Within the story, Esther Greenwood considers and attempts suicide quite frequently. Could this novel have been foreshadowing Sylvia’s death, which took place a little less than a month after....   [tags: autobioraphy, Esther Greenwood,communists]
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Sylvia Plath: A Poet - Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Plath’s mom met her soul mate while she was a master’s student at Boston University. Sylvia’s mom’s name was Aurelia Schober, and her dad’s name was Otto Plath. When Sylvia was only 8 years old, her father died from problems with diabetes. Her father was very strict and mean. Sylvia’s father’s death and strict authority was the reason for all her poems and stories. She specifically wrote a poem about her father, “Daddy”. Sylvia was always driven to succeed in life even in her early years as a child....   [tags: Suicide, Depression]
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“Mirror” and “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath - “Mirror” and “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath are two poems that address how events occur in the natural course of life. These two almost address opposite ends of the life cycle with the aging process being the focus in “Mirrors” and the creation of new life being the focus in “Metaphors”. The natural course of events in life can be both a challenge and a reward. The feelings of finality and desperation are evident in both poems. “Mirror”, published in 1963, was written towards the end of Sylvia Plath’s life and reflects her concern about growing old as well as losing her youthful beauty and “Metaphors”, published in 1960, was written when Plath was pregnant and not sure if she is happy to be hav...   [tags: Poetry Analysis]
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - ... Her fear becomes more severe while she performs her last work as an intern in New York City, which is to be photographed with a symbol of her career goal. She tries to hide herself not to be photographed because she fears picking only one dream among her dreams. Asked what she wants to be, she says she does not know, but soon says she wants to be a poet. Then, she bursts into tears while being photographed with a paper rose because the paper rose means, to her, her abandonment of other goals....   [tags: women's role in America in the 50's]
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Spinster, by Sylvia Plath - “Spinster” by Sylvia Plath is a poem that consists of a persona, who in other words serves as a “second self” for the author and conveys her innermost feelings. The poem was written in 1956, the same year as Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes, who was also a poet. The title suggests that the persona is one who is not fond of marriage and the normal rituals of courtship as a spinster is an unmarried woman, typically an older woman who is beyond the usual age of marriage and may never marry. The persona of the poem is a woman who dislikes disorder and chaos and finds relationships to be as unpredictable as the season of spring, in which there is no sense of uniformity....   [tags: Imagery, Persona, Expression]
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Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus - “Harsh” and “brutal” are adjectives not often used when speaking of poetry. Be that as it may, there simply are no other words for Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus”. Readers can be, and often are, repulsed by the gruesome imagery (“Soon, soon the flesh/The grave cave ate will be/At home on me”) and offended by the numerous references to the Holocaust (“A sort of walking miracle, my skin/Bright as a Nazi lampshade). Plath’s aggressive metaphors are difficult for many first time readers as are the themes of death, resurrection and vengeance....   [tags: Hamline critical essay] 585 words
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Confessions of Sylvia Plath - The 1950s and 1960s were viewed as the start of not just the age of “hippies” but also an age of different revivals and movements that Plath was involved deeply in with her poetry: the revival of the occult and the confessional movement. The revival was seen as a back seat to many of the other movements happening during the ‘50s and 60s and some even say Plath just used it as a metaphor in her poetry. However, with her personal level written poems from the confessional movement combined with the occult we see a deeper side to her life and what was happening in her’s and everyone else’s lives....   [tags: American poet, novelist and short story writer]
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Mirrors by Sylvia Plath - 13th March, 2014 In the poem “Mirrors”, by Sylvia Plath the speaker accentuates the importance of looks as an aging woman brawls with her inner and outward appearance. Employing an instance of self refection, the speaker shifts to a lake and describes the discrepancies between inevitable old age and zealous youth. By means of sight and personification, shifts and metaphors, the orator initiates the change in appearance which relies on an individual’s decision to embrace and reject it. The author applies sight and personification to accentuate the mirror’s roles....   [tags: Poet, Poetic Analysis, Poem]
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Mirror by Silvia Plath - Mirror Essay “Mirror” is a disturbing poem that exemplifies the tension of inner and outer beauty, as well as the feminine problem of aging and losing one’s glamour. In the poem, Plath is a mirror that is personified. The first stanza starts by describing the mirror as “silver and exact.” The poem goes on saying, “I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.” This means that the mirror forms no judgments, but instead swallows what it sees reflecting that image back without any alterations....   [tags: poetry, appearence, beauty]
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Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath is said to be one the most prodigious, yet interesting, confessional poets of her time. She was an extremely vital poet of the post-World War II time period and expressed her feelings towards her father and husband through her poetry. Plath’s mental illness had a dramatic influence upon her work in which she demonstrated the hatred she had for her father specifically. The poem “Daddy” is an easily applicable example. Within this piece of work, Plath uses direct references to how she feels towards her father who was the greatest influence on her poetry....   [tags: Poet, Biography] 827 words
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Sylvia Plath: The Exemplary Confessional Poet - Emerging in the 1950s and 1960s, confessional poetry was essentially an autobiographical style of writing. Often focusing on topics that were taboo at the time like mental illness and suicide, it is no surprise that Sylvia Plath wrote poetry in this style. Plath suffered from depression most of her life and used writing as an outlet (Spinello). In her works “Cut,” “I Am Vertical,” and “Lady Lazarus,” Plath exemplifies confessional poetry through the themes of resentment, death, and mental illness....   [tags: literary analysis, biography]
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Allusion and Imagery in Sylvia Plath Literature - Depression and pain leads to suicide. Sylvia Plath, a modern poet, was a master of allusion and imagery. Plath dedicated her life to poetry. It is heartbreaking that we lost a talented soul at such a young age but her work will live for eternity. Sylvia Plath was born October 27th 1932 to Otto and Aurelia Plath. She was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Otto, emigrated from Germany at the age of 15 and soon became a professor at Boston University. Aurelia, Plath’s mother, was also a teacher but she gave that life up once Sylvia was born....   [tags: depression, suicide, ancient fears, women]
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Sylvia Plath’s Life - ... This sense of disillusionment is self-actualized in her novel’s protagonist, Esther Greenwood. Esther introduces herself in New York also having won an internship at Mademoiselle. However, Esther’s voice is detached from her present surroundings as she also tells the reader that she has no idea what she is doing there. Esther has recognized the dichotomy between genders in society; woman often pursue vocations such as secretaries to support executives and are “simply hanging around New York waiting to get married to some career man or other (pg....   [tags: biography, work] 1212 words
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The Transition in Sylvia Plath’s Work - Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning. --The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath It has been almost 50 years since the American literary community lost one of its greatest treasures, Sylvia Plath. Even in recent days, numerous scholars are still studying many admirable qualities in Plath’s collection of work. She has developed a unique writing style and performed thoroughly at an early age. Over the years, the events of her life highly affect the focus of her work....   [tags: Female Author, A Life]
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Confessional Poetry in The Word by Sylvia Plath - ... Thus, Plath is able to express her feelings as she writes about the nature of poetry itself. Plath’s poetry is in essence a vivid blast of emotion that surrounds her during her life. “Words” shows the reader the despair and emotional breakdown that Plath feels. In fact, “Words” “was written only ten days before Sylvia Plath’s death by suicide” (Terribly-Perfect). As Paul Mitchell writes, “Most of Sylvia Plath’s last poems are characterized by a poetic language on the point of collapse. As such, the voice of this work can be said to be in process or under erasure in the sense that it reveals an unraveling of signifying practice, manifested by both non-sense and, more paradoxically, the re...   [tags: realism, ideology, modernism]
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