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The Transformation of the Speaker into a Phoenix in Sylvia Plath's Poem Lady Lazarus
The Female Phoenix During her last days, Sylvia Plath wrote in a non-stop frenzy. Her late poems often dealt with her personal issues concerning the men in her life. According to Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar in No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, “[Plath] fantasizes vengeful victories w...
Lucille Clifton, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath: Challenging Sexist Stereotypes Through Poetry
Subverting Sexist Stereotypes Through out history, men dominated the literary world. Born during times of overwhelming patriarchal oppression, past female poets had very little opportunity to break into the canon, which is the circle of established poets who are acknowledged as the literary elite. Within recent times, wom...
The Tortured Soul of Esther in The Bell Jar, a Novel by Sylvia Plath
Deterioration: The Reversed Bildungsroman The Bell Jar is a subtle replica of Sylvia Plath’s own life where she manipulates the elements of an autobiography to essentially recreate her own events leading up to her own suicide. Plath views the world from a feminist standpoint in the novel, where women are subject to degrad...
A Daughter's Love for Her Father in Daddy, a Poem by Sylvia Plath
In the very beginning of the poem, there is evidence to suggest that the girl speaking is operating under unconscious motives in some instances. The girl starts off very strong in her language and intentions toward “Daddy” in lines 1-10. For example, she insults Daddy, calling him “Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,/Ghastly s...
Gender Limitations as Shown in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
In 2014, most women can vote, have a career and family, and may have sex before marriage without being considered “impure”. This is a stark contrast to the gender dependent culture of the 1950’s shown in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. While women still don’t receive equal pay and bump their heads on the glass ceiling, in The...
The Depression of Esther Greenwood From The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Depression is a controlling factor in the lives of many, yet some are unable to escape from drowning. This is true for Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. In the novel, Esther is characterized as a typical 1950s middle class girl who aspired to be a writer, but upon heading to New York city to...
The Confessionalist Themes in Daddy, a Poem by Sylvia Plath
“Daddy” by Sylvia Plath Many psychologists believe that one’s personality is completely set for life by age seven, or in some cases even younger. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts to her mother Aurelia Schober and father Otto Plath. Schober was a master’s student at Boston University when...
The Use of Diction and Imagery to Show the Author's Love for Her Father in Daddy, a Poem by Sylvia Plath
“Daddy” Diction and Imagery In the poem, “Daddy,” by Sylvia Plath, it demonstrates the author’s love for her father throughout the poem. Plath shows that she struggles with frustration, and exasperation towards her father which she faces throughout her lifetime, therefore it causes her to become a psycho and endi...
Poetic Deconstruction in Conversation Among the Ruins by Sylvia Plath
Poetic Deconstruction Among the Ruins Inspired by the 1927 Giorgio De Chirico painting of the same name, Sylvia Plath’s 1956 poem, Conversation Among The Ruins, is an ekphrastic sonnet structured as a story about author’s own failed relationship. The original painting, done in the surrealist style, is of an isolated, de...
The Different Famous Works of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath was an American writer of poems, and one novel. The events and characters in Plath’s writing are in harmony with the factors in her life, such as her emotions, and the personal matters that took place in her life. Because of how raw and truthfully morbid her writing gets at some points, is one reason she is so...