Research Paper On Sylvia Plath

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The Tragic Life of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath, an infamous writer, was known for her dark poems and even darker death. She struggled with clinical depression which affected her marriage, although it enhanced her way of writing. Since her untimely death, the author has won multiple awards for her poems and book, The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath was a great American author who influenced people with her poetry, novels, and short stories, while spreading awareness about grief and depression.
The year of 1932 brought up many momentous figures, one being Sylvia Plath. Sylvia was born on October 27, 1932. Her father, Otto Plath, was a biology professor and ended up marrying his former student Aurelia. Soon after they married, Aurelia became pregnant and had a daughter and a son 3 years later. Together, they raised Sylvia and Warren in Winthrop Massachusetts. At the mere age of 8, her father died. Thus the famous poet’s journey began. Otto Plath’s death greatly impacted Sylvia, leaving her in a defenseless position against her mental health. A piece of text from an article states, “Plath later said that the first nine years of her life "sealed themselves off like a ship in a bottle." Her father's death and her seaside childhood form the subject of many of her poems.” (Dictionary of American Biography) Through her adolescence to her adult life, Sylvia suffered from the heartache of losing her …show more content…

She used her novel, The Bell Jar, to describe the feeling of being a mother in her eyes. Plath writes, “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 a totalitarian state.” (Plath 67) Sylvia wrote that a woman would become a zombie who had nothing to offer but children. This reflects how the author herself felt about being a

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