Analysis Of Ylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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ylvia Plath was born in Boston of 1932 to two teachers. Her father immigrated directly from Poland; Merely eight years of age at the time of his death, it was a major source of inspiration for her poetry as it left her with feelings of wrath and confusion. She attended Smith College and excelled, until she suffered a breakdown in the summer of 1953, later expressed in her first and only novel The Bell Jar. Around this time she won an award from Mademoiselle, she worked for the magazine 's college board until suffering an emotional breakdown leading her to her first suicide attempt, hospitalization, electroshock therapy, and various other forms of treatment. She was later able to receive her MA form Newnham College in Cambridge, England where…show more content…
Plath expresses her frustration in being unable to track her father’s lineage due instilling feelings of anger and resentment (Perkins 1519). Inability to gain a connection reinstated confusion and hopelessness she felt towards her father. Plath begins to develop Holocaust imagery with the next stanza “An engine, an engine chuffing me off like a Jew”, referencing the trains the Germans used to transport Jews and like to concentration camps. Plath metaphorically compares her relationship with her father to the juxtaposition of Hitler and the Jews. Shedistinctly refers to her father as Hitler with the line “With your Luftwaffe, your gobbledygoo. And your neat mustache and your Aryan eye, bright blue” It is not difficult to draw the connection she is trying to make between her Father and Hitler. The use of the nonsensical phrase “gobbledygook” further develops the idea first mentioned in line 30 that Plath did not understand German and the confusion it caused her. The following stanza begins, “Not God but a Swastika” The Swastika being a direct symbol of hatred, the emotion that drove Plath (Perkins 1520). This juxtaposition destroys the idea of hope and God, she felt towards her father in line 8 (Perkins 1520). The line “So black no sky could squeak through” paints the image that the sky has been taken over by something so evil there is no hope left (Perkins
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