Sylvia Plath and Non-Traditional Gender Roles
This paper explores the life of the tragic poetess Sylvia Plath and her struggle with the expectations of women in the 1950s.
# 25575 | 2,380 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Apr 30, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Historical Figures) , Women Studies (General)
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Sylvia Plath's difficulty accepting quiet domestic life and inability to settle into a career as a poet are illustrated in her poem "Two Sisters of Persephone." The paper examines the roles of wives and mothers in the 1950s, and gives examples of Plath's own personal rebellion. The writer looks into several areas of Plath's life: her education, writing, sexuality, depression and motherhood.
From the Paper:"Expectations for an American or British woman in the 1950s were fairly straightforward: Create a happy, healthy home for your husband. The reality was far more complicated. Working outside the home during World War II had given many women a desire for something more. They were no longer happy to merely press shirts and cook meals. These women longed to break free of traditional gender roles and have an impact on the fate of their family, the world, or both."
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