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Commentary on Three Women by Sylvia Plath

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Commentary on Three Women by Sylvia Plath Subtitled ?A poem for three voices?, Sylvia Plath?s poem ?Three Women?, consists of three interweaved, interior monologues, contextualized by the setting, ?A Maternity Ward and round about?. Three voices are present in the poem, belonging to the women of the title who are patients going through labor. Each of these women describes different feelings and views on giving birth, relating them to her personal experiences. By presenting such diverse emotions, Plath captures a substantial amount about women?s experiences of labor; provides a deeper glimpse into the minds of the patients. Using psychologically convincing imagery, an ambivalent tone and an intertwined structure, Plath conveys women?s feelings about birth, infertility and undesired pregnancy. ...read more.

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Consequently, because she is unable to give birth, she refuses to classify herself as human. By linking the abstract emotions with distinct descriptions, Plath blends the women?s feelings about labor, into the poem. With the first voice being the strongest illustration, there is an obvious ambivalence in the tone of the poem. In the first two monologues of the first voice, two contradicting states of mind exist. In the first lines, the woman ?is calm? and ?ready? for what is about to happen: labor. However in time she gets fluctuations in her emotions and foresees an unpleasant event. She thinks of her calmness as the ?calmness before something awful happens?, comparing herself to a ?seed about to be break?. ...read more.

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The next monologue belongs to the second voice. She has had a miscarriage and feels exceedingly empty and purposeless. The fact that mindsets of such opposite ends are introduced one after another unanticipatedly, supports the ambivalent tone and also conveys the emotional complexity of pregnancy. ?Three Women? by Sylvia Plath, scrupulously describes the experiences of three different women in labor who have maintained different emotional positions. Through the utilization of convincing imagery, the emotional states of these women are transformed into tangible experiences. Furthermore, an ambivalent tone along with an intertwined structure is maintained in the poem. These two aspects of the poem, by substantiating one another, highlights the different feelings that come along labor, infertility and undesired pregnancy. Ertugrul Alemdar 11H ...read more.

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