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Sylvia Plath was born to middle class parents in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts she published her first poem when she was eight Her father was a professor of entomology when he past away he left psychological scars on Sylvia when she was eight Her mother worked teaching in a medicalsecretarial program at Boston University By the time she entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1950 she already had an impressive list of publications During the summer following her junior year at Smith she returned from a stay in New York City where she had been a student guest editor at Mademoiselle Magazine Sylvia nearly succeeded in killing herself by swallowing sleeping pills LW pg36 After a period of recovery involving electroshock and psychotherapy she was left in the real wordGR pg23 She later described this experience in the novel The Bell Jar On February 11 1963 Sylvia Plath killed herself with cooking gas at the age of 30 Esther Greenwood attended College on a scholarship earned top grades and majored in English just like Sylvia Her life at the beginning seemed to be full of potential and goals but as her thoughts and emotions are reveal to us it becomes clear to us that despite all her achievement Esthers true state of mind is not in the right place As the story goes on she has to make a decision like Sylvia whether she wants a career or a family LW pg 38 Esther sees herself as something else than primarily a housewife and she uses much of her energy to try to avoid marrying the one she is expected- Buddy WillardSP pg3 Like Sylvia she did a summer internship in New York City and suffered a mental collapse and was institutionalized While Esthers future in the novels conclusion is still unknown You can see Esthers confusion frustration paranoia and fear are coming from Sylvias life Sylvia Plaths poem Mirror shows
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