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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Resistance of Esther Greenwood Against the Expectations and Required Social Behavior in The Bell Jar, the Only Novel by Sylvia Plath
Esther’s Resistance People embody social institutions within them, and all social cues and behaviors are passed down, weather through direct education or not. The subtle process allows for unhealthy conducts and damaging ideals to seep through and pass on unseen, until it manifest itself in destructive ways, and this dest...
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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,...
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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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An Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia Plath through the Lens of the French Psychoanalytic Feminist Critique
Pandering to the Wrong Authority There are few writers in the late modernist era that fit so neatly into the confines of psychoanalytic criticism as does Sylvia Plath. Plath’s pervasive, unrestrained, and often unsettling poetry provides clear insight into the subconscious and unconscious mind of the female psyche; but whi...
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An Analysis of Why Ted Hughes Wasn't the Right Man for Sylvia Plath in His Poem The Shot
The Shot was written by Ted Hughes, describing his late ex-wife Sylvia Plath. Throughout the poem there is an extended metaphor, comparing Sylvia to a bullet. The title, “The Shot” represents Sylvia, “when his death touched the trigger,” shows that the death of Sylvia’s father caused her to fall into a manic depression and...
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The Expressions of Feelings in the Poems, Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Name Professor Name The Art of Madness 16 October 2013 The Required Context of Ariel In order to fully understand the poems of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, the events of the poet’s life must be taken into consideration. The collected poems of Ariel were written shortly before Plath’s suicide in 1963. Works such as Lady...
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A Review of Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar"
Grapes of Plath "From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked....I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose" (Plath 85). Such is the lament of Esther Greenwood, the depressed...
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