A Martyr of the Movements

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The nineteen fifties and sixties were a troubling time for Americans. Although the nation was prospering, a constant threat was hanging over the heads of every citizen. Oppressed classes found that they had more to fear than active members of society. Not only did they live in fear of attacks from another nation, but also attacks from fellow citizens of the United States. Women in America were subject to objectification from the men with whom they lived, and in turn began to question the purpose of existence. Neo-romanticism became a popular ideology once again, leading women to yearn for a life outside of the ones that they were living. The late fifties and early sixties reintroduced several radical ideologies such as: feminism, existentialism, and romanticism, all of which proved fatal for Sylvia Plath. Plath was born in the seaside town of Winthrop, Massachusetts during the year of 1932. In her first eight years of life, Plath was troubled with the birth of a new sibling, the death of a parent, and the start of a war. These eight years were the calm before the stormy life of Sylvia Plath. As an only child, Plath felt threatened by the new baby in the family. Her new sibling, Warren, sparked a disdain for children that Plath would harbor for the rest of her life. In 1940, Plath’s father died and essentially robbed the children of a proper relationship with their mourning mother. The family moved inland where Plath focused on writing poetry until she began to attend Smith College in 1950. While at Smith, Plath received many awards in regard to the poetry that she had written. After winning the Mademoiselle fiction contest, the popular magazine offered Plath a place on their editorial board. While working with Mademoiselle, Pla... ... middle of paper ... ...Sink wrote a very in-depth analysis of the feminist movement in this essay. The general ideas behind feminism helped to organize a basic understanding of how the women’s movement affected Sylvia Plath. “The Romantic Era.” The France of Victor Hugo. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/rschwart/hist255/index.html This page provides a general description of the Romantic movement. It was useful in the sense that it formed an understanding of how basic themes of the movement affected Plath’s life and works. Wagner-Martin, Linda. “Sylvia Plath (1932-1963).” Cengage Learning. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. http://college.cengage.com/english/heath/syllabuild/iguide/plath.html This website provided useful information about Sylvia Plath. Wagner-Martin has composed a comprehensive lesson plan that can be used to either teach or study the methods with which Plath wrote.
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