Sylvia Plath Essay by Peter Pen

Sylvia Plath
A discussion of the issues of mental disease, suicide and death, as they pertained to poet Sylvia Plath.
# 62929 | 2,514 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Dec 15, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper discusses how Plath's fascination on dying is depicted in most of her poems as it gives her readers a vision of how she yearns to offer her soul to the grim reaper. Eventually, on February 11, 1963, she took her own life, leaving behind her haunting poems that were clues, or perhaps, riddles for readers to solve. The paper asks what were the reasons to why she took her own life? It points out that experts from psychologist, feminist, literary scholars and poetry readers all agree that the factors were: Plath's battle with depression, psychological disorders, and her confrontation with insanity. However, the writer shows that although, these factors are certainly established, based on research there were other contributions to why she was attracted to death.

From the Paper:

"Sylvia Plath was born October 27, 1932, Boston, Massachusetts ("Plath, Sylvia"). Her birthday already states that she is born under the zodiac sign Scorpio. People born under this sign are referred to as the sign of rebirth; death must be apparent in order for rebirth to begin.
Her first attempt on suicide was in 1953. She was suffering from a nervous breakdown, consumed a bottle of sleeping pills, and hid under a basement so she will not be found. Three days later, her mother and brother found her alone, pale as a ghost, but still alive. Her mother said, "she wanted to hide and just die without know one knowing" (Sylvia). After her first attempt to commit suicide, she was admitted to a private hospital for six months, where her treatment involved electroconvulsive therapy ("Plath, Sylvia")."

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