Analysis Of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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Literature often illustrates the mundane is such a manner that the imagination of the common reader is spurred into a world of emotions that previously remained untapped or dormant. To elicit such a response requires the ability of a powerful writer that often in tandem achieves notoriety that transcends generations; for example, Sylvia Plath left a significant impression on the world, especially that of writing, despite her early passing at the age of thirty. It can be seen that the work of Sylvia Plath is often idolized due to the broad and relatable nature of the subject matter that is emotional strife; this work, then, is of great value to society and the world of literature as it teaches those reading that emotion is not something sparse, but wholehearted and running through the veins of every individual. Plath is most well known for her work that was heavily influenced by her ongoing mental illness, clinical depression. The vast majority of her poems, if not all, covered the subject of her emotional struggles she faced throughout her life. This can be seen within her novel The Bell Jar, which is her most admired and studied publication (as well as required in most curriculums across the United States). Notably, The Bell Jar was published less than a month before her suicide in the beginning of 1963. The raw nature of her writing is what drew a wide spectrum of people in, for all people have emotions, but she was one of the few that dared to publicize thoughts that
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