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How Does Sexton Commit Suicide?

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Further references to self-harm or methods of suicide can be seen in the quotation “To thirst all that life under your tongue” referencing the use of sleeping pills as a tool to commit suicide. This could link to an earlier point where Sexton talks about the different methods a person could use to commit suicide. The more serious tone of the poem continues with Sexton personifying her suicidal feelings saying “and yet she waits for me, year after year.” This personification of death is deeply unsettling due to the closeness Sexton seems to show to death, saying she has often come close to it. This could show that she has made several attempts on her own life. This idea can be reinforced when Sexton says death comes “undo an old wound” as it…show more content…
Sexton’s poem describes Plath's children as “two meteors.” A meteor is an enormously destructive force and to compare a person's children to it implies that Sexton believes they were one of the causes of her suicide. This idea is unsettling as a person's child is meant to only be positive and to believe they caused their parents suicide is almost unnatural. This unsettling theme continues with Sexton saying “with your mouth into the sheet, into the roofbeam, into the dumb prayer.” showing different places where Plath contemplated her suicide. The quotation “into the roofbeam” is especially unnerving as in this context it has a possible association with hanging as it is a common place for one to commit suicide. This is in stark contrast to the list of positive periods of Plath's life “raising potatoes and keeping bees.” This is also contradictory to “Wanting to die” as no positive aspects of life are discussed. This alludes to the fact that there are many complex emotions that the suicidal feel as they struggle to decide if the positives of life outweigh its negatives, a clear intertextual link with
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