An Analysis Of Anne Sexton's Freedom To Die

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Yug Patel
Clay Holliday
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10/25/17
Freedom to die
In “Wanting to die”, Anne Sexton illustrates an analogy that compares her desire to commit suicide and an addiction. Sexton writes this confessional poem to clearly and powerfully express her feelings for death and how she perceives it. Sexton is obsessed with death and believes that it gives her purpose which is why she has to commit suicide. Sexton believes that death will put her to rest and that she is meant to be with it, as if it were alive.
Throughout the poem, Sexton says how much and why she desires death like how people desire love. In the first stanza, Sexton talks of how her present state of mind is towards suicide. Sexton is describing how her thoughts aren’t clear
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The narrator describes death as something she longs for because of how death gives her hope of being at rest. Sexton continues to reflect upon her attitude and behavior to thoughts of suicide. The narrator says how she “did not think of my body at needle point” and that “suicides have already betrayed the body” (16-18). With this, Sexton emphasizes that her body alienates her. That her body and mind are out of sync. She wants to die, but does not see the physical signs or symptoms of the toll death is taking on her. Sexton says that suicide becomes the person it is affecting. It consumes them entirely, both physically and mentally. And although not all suicides are successful, the rush from it is as addictive as a drug on its own which is why she said “a drug so sweet” (20). In the lines “still-born, they don’t always die, / but dazzled, they can’t forget a drug so sweet”, Sexton describes how failed suicide attempts can affect the mind by explaining how it tends to leave the victim fascinated in awe after one’s close encounter with death (19-20). A suicidal person’s first confrontation with death can be closely paralleled with one’s first encounter with a highly addictive drug. Most commonly, this sort of encounter leads one into a sort of curious state of mind. Like a suicidal person, it leaves them in a position where the idea of relapse

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