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The Amazing Individuality of the Life and Works of Sylvia Plath.

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Mia Vieira English III G/T-1 Mrs. Navarro 12 April 2003 The Amazing Individuality of the Life and Works of Sylvia Plath Until her death in 1963, Sylvia Plath's life could be described as quite successful. Plath was a true accomplished writer, wife, and mother of two. Her story began on the 27th of October of 1932, where she was born in Boston, Massachusetts. However, her life tragically ended in February 11, 1963, on a very cold winter day when her second suicide attempt was unfortunately successful. When Plath was about eight years old, her first poem was published. A few years later, her career in writing commenced and she rapidly began to write many great poems still affecting readers and critics today. Her poems were published in several different collections, which each volume reflected on a different stage in her life. Even Plath's own friends were often surprised with the effect of anger, isolation, and confusion instilled in The Colossus, Ariel, Crossing the Water, and Winter Trees, her four volumes of poetry (Martin 2). Her style of writing, which was used in all her works, included the use of rhyme, versatility of form, and a vast word choice. Amazingly enough, Sylvia Plath was able to enrich us with a semi-fictional novel, The Bell Jar, which reflected Plath's life and hardships through a fictional character, Esther Greenwood. ...read more.


She eventually became morbidly depressed and tried to kill herself with sleeping pills just as Plath Vieira 3 had attempted her first time. Esther was quickly admitted into a private facility where she met Joan Gilling. At the facility Esther once again went under shock treatment very afraid that it would be just like the time before her suicide attempt. Joan finally left the institution but soon returned after having to take Esther to the hospital due a severe hemorrhage that occurred after having sex. Not much long after, Joan was declared missing and was soon found dead as she had hanged herself. Before long, Esther was prepared to leave, but quite scared to face the world ahead. However, with an optimistic outlook she left the hospital "patched, retreated, and approved for the road (Plath 275)." Plath's ability to express her hostility in her writings and the fact that she refused to follow the standard that women should never be angry, deviated her from the traditional norms (Martin 3). There are many other examples in The Bell Jar that explain the character and the true feelings of Sylvia Plath. It is more difficult to reveal what is not true from the factual details of her life. ...read more.


It is very important to me that there are few women that Vieira 5 dare to be different and they are the ones that open doors to all of the scared women in this world. Whether or not people choose to see Plath or her work as a failure, I perceive it as the fact that she ended her life at her most creative peak. "Mirror" was actually a very pleasant poem compared to other melancholic ones like "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus" which were posthumously published in her volume Ariel. Even though it is very hard to perceive it as a metaphor for poetry itself, I agree that in "Mirror" Plath purposely indicated that it had deeper meaning other than just reflect a person's image. As one of my personal favorites, I see myself as that woman and believe that all human beings can relate to that poem. To judge a poet, is not only a difficult task, but a very controversial one. It is evident that it is always a matter of personal opinion. However, it can be concluded that regardless of a unpleasant or respectable critic, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and "Mirror" continue to affect readers and critics of modern day, while illustrating the writer's search for freedom and individualism. ...read more.

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