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An Analysis of Her Personal Life in Daddy, a Confessional Poem by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” as a Confessional Poem Confessional poetry, by its very definition, is poetry that speaks to and expresses the private and emotional experiences of the author. The Boston-bred poet Sylvia Plath is an American poet associated with the Confessional School. As a confessional poet, Plath’s work is fill...
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A Literary Analysis of the Poem Cut by Sylvia Plath
What a thrill--
My thumb instead of an onion,
The top quite gone
Except for a sort of a hinge Of skin,
A flap like a hat,
Dead white.
Then that red plush. Little pilgrim,
The Indian's axed your scalp.
Your turkey wattle
Carpet rolls Straight from the heart.
I step on it,
Clutching my bottle
Of pink fizz. A celebration,...
1,875 words
8 pages
A Comparison of the Similarities and Differences Between the Books The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Book Comparison: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen How are these books similar? Both Esther Greenwood of The Bell Jar and Susanna Kaysen of Girl, Interrupted deeply lament and reject traditional gender roles, specifically dealing with those relating to marriage and family expectations....
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The Validity of Emotions and the Expectations of Women in the 1970's in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath was written semi-autobiographically to verify and express the validity of emotions and to bring a contemporary view of the expectations of women in the 1970’s. The Bell Jar has had such a wide range of meaning from the time it has been published until now because it dealt with multiple taboo top...
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Difficulties of Motherhood and Marriage in Sylvia Plath's Poetry
“So I began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about as numb as a slave in some private, totalitarian state,” Sylvia Plath writes about her struggle of becoming a mother (Plath, Sylvia). Aurelia Plath gave birth to Sylvia Plath, in Bos...
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Esther's Decent into Schizophrenia in the Bell Jar, a Novel by Sylvia Plath
The Post-WWII era saw a rise of reported mental illness that, in turn, led to the increased study of the mental illness. Illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia were being diagnosed more freely. Patients who suffered from such illnesses became subject to early treatments such as insulin injection, lobotomy, and elect...
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The Woman's Flaws in the Poem Mirror by Sylvia Plath
During a time of depression and personal turmoil in Sylvia Plath’s life, she wrote “Mirror” as a way to communicate her personal strife to her audience. This poem “Mirror” is about a women who is slowly aging with time and is extremely discontent with this change, arguably to the point of denial. Perhaps the only sense of s...
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An Analysis of Sow by Sylvia Plath
Rumor has it; the most wonderful, marvelous, sow in all of the land is hidden nearby; all the narrator has to do is sneak into the barn and he can view this great spectacle. He makes it in but in the neighbor’s eyes, the pig turns out to be much less than a legend, hence it is hidden all of the time. With allusions, dicti...
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An Autobiographical Description of the Mental Instability of Sylvia Plath in the Novel, The Bell Jar
In the novel, The Bell Jar, Esther Greenwood represents the autobiographical description of author Sylvia Plath’s own mental instability. Esther seemly lived ideally, having won a job as an editor in New York and obtaining many academic achievements. However, Esther’s childhood trauma of the death of her father at age nine...
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A Comparison of Using Inner Conflict in Literary Works by Sylvia Plath and Abioseh Nicol
Authors often use literary craft to convey their ideas to the audience. In the short story “Initiation” by Sylvia plath, the protagonist Millicent is debating whether she should join an exclusive sorority or sustain her independence. Her inner conflict eventually causes her to come of age because she realized that being i...
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