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It appears that Plath has a morbid fascination and an obsessed attraction to death in most of her poems Statements such as I only wanted to lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty in Tulips and they will invite me to whiten my bones among them in Wuthering Heights show a longing to die and reveal a tendency toward suicide Furthermore Plath describes deathly images such as the old beast stars letting in the light peephole after peephole - a bonewhite light like death the sky leans on me me the one upright among all horizontals and whitened by the faces of the drowned leftover soldiers from old messy wars The carcass of the monster of wood and rusty teeth depicted in The Burnt-Out Spa strongly conveys pain and suffering still endured by the old beast even after death Even positive images such as stars in the night sky are portrayed in a morbid fashion in Insomniac where Plath makes a clear link between the stars and death Her feeling o f being pressured by nature into dying ie becoming a horizontal is cleverly but also oppressively put in Wuthering Heights evoking the thoughts in her mind that she is unwanted and would be better off dead This insight into her mind is re-echoed in Finisterre where common images are given a morbid coat The fact that the sea has not been whitened by the faces of the drowned and the rocks arent leftover soldiers clearly illustrates the way in which Plath sees everything in a negative and deathly light Having said that Plath is obsessed with death one might think it appeals to her which in the case of The Stones is true The stones of the belly were peaceable the head stone quiet jostled by nothing The peaceful silence encapsulating death here appears attractive not only to Plath but also to the reader In Tulips however a feeling of
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