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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Beauty Of Nature By Sylvia Plath

- The majestic beauty of nature has inspired artists of all media since the beginning of art. From ancient cave paintings to modern songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song,” the awe-inspiring wonder of nature has captivated artists and led them to express their emotions through their art. The famous poet Sylvia Plath is no different. Her admiration of the perfection of nature is apparent in many of her works, especially in the poems “I Am Vertical” and “Pheasant”. Through the use of strong contrast created by the juxtaposition of life and death, powerful figurative language, and tone, Plath reveals her hopelessness for her life and her desire to be dead....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Life, Aurelia Plath]

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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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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath, starts of in the summer of the mid-1950s. Esther Greenwood, the main character, is a 19 year full of ambition and creativity that works at a popular magazine company. Esther mainly has two “best friends”, Betsy and Doreen. Having a pretty decent life in New York she feels as though she is missing something and that she isn’t experiencing life as some of the other ladies her age are. Esther is faced with the thought of not being what she should be. Which is, what the other women of her age are expected to be, by society’s views....   [tags: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath]

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Sylvia Plath And Summer Will Not Come Again

- Born on October 27, 1932 in a suburb of Boston Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath was a famous poet, novelist, and writer. Publishing her first poem in the Boston Herald’s children section, at the age of eight, showed her early interest in poetry. Subsequent to her fathers death, Sylvia Plath’s family moved to Wellesley Massachusetts, where she continued the duration of her scholastic experience until college. Sylvia Plath could be described as an exemplary daughter and star student who earned straight A’s throughout her high school career....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Electroconvulsive therapy]

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The Poem Mirror By Sylvia Plath

- The poem “Mirror,” by Sylvia Plath, portrays the difficult truth in relation to aging. The poem is told in the point of view of a mirror belonging to an aging woman. The mirror “[is] silver and exact,” with “no preconceptions” (1). It reflects only the truth, real images without distortion. The mirror has been a part of the woman’s life ever since she was young, sitting across her pink, speckled walls acting like “the eye of a little god” (5). As the woman ages, she seems to be in frustration with her appearance, seeking relief by looking at “liars, the candles or the moon” (12)....   [tags: Truth, Poetry, Reality, Sylvia Plath]

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The, The And The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- ... He resists transitioning his and Jane’s relationship from friendship to a more physical and sexual relationship. Holden is unlike his male peers in the sense he wants a deep, emotional connection with women before having sexual relations with them. Holden feels the pressure of his peers to have sex because he, unlike all of his friends, is still a virgin. His virginity is also something that attributes to his feelings of alienation. Like Esther, Holden experiences an incredible amount of pressures from the conventional expectations of his time....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Symbolism]

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Lady Lazarus, By Sylvia Plath

- Makayla Williams Mrs. Mandy Feasel AP English III 11 May 2015 “Lady Lazarus:” Free to Die “Lady Lazarus,” a poem widely known for its dark images and symbolism, captures the reader’s attention and entices him or her with a sense of familiarity with Lazarus; however, the comfortable feeling shatters as the reader takes a frightening journey through the life and deaths of Lady Lazarus. Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” is semi- autobiographical in that through the pseudonym of Lady Lazarus, Plath uses her own personal issues and growing frustration with her oppressing father as the starting point to express her ideas on bigger issues such as the Holocaust, universal oppression, and the inhumanit...   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Suicide, Assia Wevill]

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- ... At one point at the end of story Esther is doing her daily routine and is making herself food when her thoughts start to wonder into a downwards spiral of horrible images. Esther then came to this shockingly grotesque image, “I tried to think what I had loved knives for, but my mind slipped again from the noose of the thought and swung, like a bird, in the center of empty air,” (Plath 216). Sylvia Plath chose this irony to prove that everything seen through the eyes of Esther is based on her mental illness....   [tags: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, Roman à clef]

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath’s autobiography, The Bell Jar, recalls the events of her own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, as well as her restoration and return into the outside world. In so many ways, Plath’s novel is centered around the struggles of a young woman who cannot reach her goals in a male dominated society. In Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar, the author utilizes figurative language and concrete examples to explore the traditional gender roles of being a woman in the 1950s. The people familiar with Esther, do not welcome her capability to write poems and novels, but rather try to push her into more traditional female roles....   [tags: Gender role, Woman, Suicide, Sylvia Plath]

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`` The Bell Jar ' By Silvia Plath

- ... Even in a confined society, Esther escapes and gasps for air, therefore gaining knowledge about herself. Within Plath’s context, the enrichment of knowledge has resulted in these opposite concepts of life and death, where the ability to reborn into something new and different comes after the death of everything you hate about yourself. The line ‘her heart beats, I am I am I am’ shows the significant transformation and the result of a self-discovery as the beating heart symbolizes the bodily desire for life and hope....   [tags: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, The Tempest, Metaphor]

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Analysis Of Plath 's ' The Bell Jar '

- ... You died before I had time” (Perkins 1519). At first glance it may seem Plath is saying he died before she was able to murder him, an action usually driven by hate. Although Plath was far from mentally stable, I do not take her for homicidal. “You died before I had time” holds a certain ambiguity; Plath may be expressing her frustration that her father died before she had time to make something of herself, and make him proud, being that she was merely a child at the time of his death. The following line states, “Marble-heavy, a bag full of God.” Perhaps she is comparing her father to God, which she later juxtaposes, calling him the devil, despite his cleft being in his chin instead of hi...   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, Poetry, Death]

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- Who am I. That is a question some individual has a hard time answering. Even as some emerge from the adolescent stage, they still find themselves battling with the real versus ideal self throughout life. Searching for one’s identity is a vital part of growing up. It is also crucial for defining one self and how others perceive him/her. Identity could be defined as, who a person believes he or she is by representing a synthesis and integration of self understanding. This entails the traits of the individuals that makes that individual authentic and unique....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Gender role, Sylvia Plath]

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Analysis Of `` Morning Song `` By Sylvia Plath

- “Morning Song” is a poem that was written by Sylvia Plath and published shortly after her death in 1965. It is a poem that openly expresses the depression she was going through leading to the events that caused her death. The poem represents the hope a baby brings to the world and the effect it has on his/her mother. It is a lyric poem that contains eighteen lines and six stanzas. Plath uses imagery, tone, metaphor to convey the impact a new life has on not only the world but on her as well. Born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath was a daughter to Aurelia Schober and Otto Plath....   [tags: Poetry, Sylvia Plath, Stanza, Tercet]

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The Bell Jar After By Sylvia Plath

- ... Sylvia entered Smith college in September 1950, the largest women’s college in the world at that time.4 She won a scholarship, wrote poetry on a strict schedule, and became a member of editorial boards and elected to college offices. In August 1951, she also won Mademoiselle magazine’s fiction contest with a salaried internship in New York City.5 Returning, she underwent electroshock therapy while experiencing severe depression and attempted suicide via her mother’s sleeping pills while hiding in the cellar of her home()....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, The Bell Jar]

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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]

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Sylvia Plath 's Life And Work

- ... TULIPS This work is a representative of a poetic form called “free verse”. Tulips was written in 1961 and consists of 9 stanzas, each of which has 7 lines. The poem does not have a regular rhythm and rhyme patterns, but there are still signs of rhythm. The Shmoop Editorial Team mentioned that Line 11 “the nurses pass and pass, they are no trouble” has a rhythm like “ta-TUM ta-TUM ta-TUM”. The same pattern appears in the other stanzas. One example is Line 18: “Now I have lost myself I am sick of baggage”....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, Ted Hughes, Poetry]

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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,]

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Analysis Of Elizabeth Bishop And Sylvia Plath

- Kathy Szelag English 244 Due Date: 12/15/15 Take Home Final Exam Two writers that deeply conveyed their personal experience as a departure point for poetry were Elizabeth Bishop and Sylvia Plath. Elizabeth Bishop wrote the poem "Sestina" and Sylvia Plath wrote "Daddy" and through these poems these women showed evidence of autobiographical sources in their works. In "Daddy" there was a link between Plath 's writing and personal experience which was direct, explicit, and showed Plath 's motivation for writing the poem....   [tags: Poetry, Sylvia Plath, Confessional poetry, Rhyme]

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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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Analysis Of ' Tulips ' And ' A Birthday Present ' By Sylvia Plath

- ... The irony in the situation is that while it is Plath’s birthday, she wishes for a gift of death, in order to make her feel reborn again. The animated present and situation reflects Plath’s theme that the association between life and death is of a closer proximity than is generally measured. On the other hand, “Tulips” personifies the object in the perspective opposite of the one seen in “A Birthday Present”. The flowers in the poem represent a blaring reminder of the life the speaker had before entering the hospital, and an indication that she is not dead like she wishes to be....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Death, Sylvia]

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Internal Oral Presentation Script By Sylvia Plath

- INTERNAL ORAL PRESENTATION SCRIPT When students like me begin to study the works of Sylvia Plath, most of us tend to portray her as another raging poetess that we would have to study and because she eventually gassed herself to death at the young age of 30 in 1963, we have a further disinterest to analyse her writing. It is unfortunate that this tragic legacy has now overshadowed her profession because during that era of time in the 1950’s, her poetry was perceived as refreshing and countercultural....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Poetry, Ted Hughes, Lady Lazarus]

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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]

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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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`` All My Pat Theories Against Marrying A Writer `` And Plath 's Poetry

- ... In Hughes’s poem ‘Owl’s Song’ the personified characters of the ‘swan’ and the ‘wolf’ could be Plath’s and Hughes’s animal identities. The ‘swan’ is a symbol of elegance and purity and therefore connotes femininity, and in the line, “The swan blanched forever,” the use of “blanched forever” allows the reader to determine that the swan died, or that Hughes’s image of the swan has faded beyond recognition. This would make sense if we extrapolate the idea of Plath as the swan, the sheer number of stories from the media and from critics on their version of what happened between Plath and Hughes, after her suicide, distorted Hughes’s memory of her....   [tags: Poetry, Rhyme, Sylvia Plath, Translation]

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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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The Song And A Song By Demi Lovato, And Sylvia Plath 's Poem

- ... She says “In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me and old woman”(17), she is speaking figuratively because it is the woman who is looking into the water and she drowned her younger years in there, because she always looks into it. Another point is when she says “rises day after day, like a terrible fish”(18), what she means by this is that she is holding onto her past, and she is having a difficult time letting go because she doesn’t want to age. She seems to be looking for something to accept herself....   [tags: Poetry, Sylvia Plath, Demi Lovato]

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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]

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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: 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]

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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]

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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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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]

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Analysis Of Sylvia Plath And Theodore Roethke 's My Papa 's Waltz

- ... She continued to excel academically while she actively pursued interests including drama, art, literature, theater and journalism (23). When she got older Plath’s appearance began to grow more like her father’s. According to Meyers she was “unmistakably German” (77). Plath claimed to share nothing with her father, but she indeed shared some of her father’s militant qualities (77). It was when she became overcome with depression that all the militancy in her character had gone (77). People in Plath’s personal life never knew that she was depressed because, as Meyers said, her “orderly and repressive German traits aided her in hiding her depression for a long time” (77)....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Daddy, The Bell Jar]

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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 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]

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The Theme Of Darkness Through Imagery Of Death And Tulips By Sylvia Plath

- ... She manages to graduate with a highest degree and then moves to Cambridge, England on a scholarship (“Sylvia Plath”). In the early months of the year 1956, poet Ted Hughes arrives and heals Sylvia’s broken heart. She falls head over heels in love with Ted, resulting in their marriage in the summer of 1956. The two love birds have two kids, Frieda and Nicholas. Just when Sylvia believes that she has overcome her past, Ted leaves her for his mistress. Between her father’s death and the divorce with the love of her life, Sylvia falls into deep depression....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Lady Lazarus]

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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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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 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]

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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]

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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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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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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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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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]

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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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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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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]

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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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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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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]

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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 's Poems, Rich And Plath

- Cast around as trivial property, banned from the power of knowledge, and forced to conform to a patriarchal society that stripped the fundamental rights of having a voice, to those deemed inferior. Countless instances of female oppression led to feminism movements in waves; undulating and oscillating like the heaving breasts of a tormented soul. Its prevalence still resonates today as subjugation and Feminism are the subject of recurrent themes throughout literature and poetry. Adrienne Rich’s “Rape” explores the physical and violent manifestation of female oppression and male dominance, while Sylvia Plath’s “Mushrooms” ambiguously highlights the stereotypical gender roles and despotism plag...   [tags: Poetry, Gender role, Woman, Denotation]

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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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The Tragic Life of Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath, an open minded, free spirited author and poet of a variety of many pieces. All of Plath’s poems are inspired by her personal life and how she viewed it. According to Plath, “It is a feeling that no matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in the same basic principles” (Sylvia Quotes). Reveals and proves how free spirited and understanding she was....   [tags: Poets, Biography, Biographical Essay]

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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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Plath: A Pioneer for Feminism

- “And we, too, had a relationship--/Tight wires between us,/Pegs too deep to uproot, and a mind like a ring/Sliding shut on some quick thing,/The constriction is killing me also” (“The Rabbit Catcher” l. 26-30). Sylvia Plath is widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking poets of her era. As a writer, and more importantly, as a woman, Plath burst through countless barriers. She wrote about life, in it’s purest, most imperfect form. Delving into the world of depression, Plath described how being a daughter, wife and mother affected her feelings of unhappiness....   [tags: poetry, literature]

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Sylvia Plath and the Occult Revival

- 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 Sylvia Plath involved herself in; one of them being the most underground of the revivals – the occult revival.. The occult 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, by looking at her poems, such as “Lady Lazarus,” “The Kolossus,” and “Daddy,” Sylvia Plath pulls the occult into them as way to communicate her feelings to the living and deceased....   [tags: Spirit Conversations, Poetry]

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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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A Birthday Present By Sylvia Plath

- How Ironic, Celebrating The Gift Of Life With Death May it be her elegiac, disturbing poetry or her dramatic finale of life, Sylvia Plath is one of the most praised writers in the history of time. From the age of eight, Plath lived an unfortunate life, dealing with the death of her father, a failed marriage, and upholding the strict expectations of women held by society (Poets.org 1). “A Birthday Present”, written by Sylvia Plath, demonstrates an obvious representation of her emotions and attitude toward life....   [tags: Poetry, Suicide, Death, Meaning of life]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Analysis Of ' Daddy ' By Sylvia Plath

- Daddy was written on October 12, 1962 by Sylvia Plath, shortly before her death, and published posthumously in Ariel in 1963. Throughout the poem it could be viewed from a feminist perspective, drawing attention to the misogynistic opinions and behaviours of the time it was written. Misonogy is A person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women. It can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Sexism, World War II]

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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 Plath

- "If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days" (Plath). Plath was in fact a schizophrenic, never really being cured and only receiving temporarily relief from her own mind with electroshock therapy. Her novel, The Bell Jar, is almost a self-biography with the veil of fiction over the story of Plath’s own life being so thin that her mother fought its publication (McCann 1631)....   [tags: Literature Review, Literary Analysis]

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