Searching for Peace in Tulips

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Searching for Peace in Tulips Throughout the poem “Tulips” by Sylvia Plath, the author seems desperately searching for peace and tranquility, and instead finds everything she despises, symbolized by the tulips she received as a get-well present. The hospital setting, in which she is “nobody,” provides a place where she can “learn peacefulness, lying by myself quietly,” as Plath explains in lines 3-4. She goes on to describe her room as very white and serene, and within the walls is a temporary escape from all the cares of the world outside, all the “baggage” she carries in relation to her family. Then she receives the tulips, which contrast with the white so much that Plath says “they hurt me” in line 36. The passage continues in this vein, relating that they “weigh her down” in line 40, in a similar fashion as her family does. This is because the tulips make her “aware of my heart” in line 60, telling her that she is becoming healthy and will have to leave the hospital and again be weighed down by the obligations of the outside world. The...
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