Sylvia Plath 's `` Fever 103, `` The Title Exactly Means What The Narrator Goes Through
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In Sylvia Plath’s poem “Fever 103,” the title exactly means what the narrator goes through. Sylvia Plath writes about the narrator, who is a woman acquires an elevated fever keeping her away from her toxic lover. Plath touches base with “purity” and uses a great deal of imagery to illustrate “hell”. She is extremely fearful that love will kill her which she compares to death. Sylvia Plath speaks about how adulterers are being prepared to burn like Hiroshima. Plath explains to her significant other how she has become ill due to his love. Therefore, she has rested for three days and three nights growing into a self-loving empowered women. While realizing her self worth and purity, she will no longer let such a toxic and impure person hurt…show more content… In these lines the poet conveys how love will kill you, especially when dealing with a toxic relationship. As well as stating that she is scared of catching “the scarf” herself and getting killed by love. By using a simile she compares the tragic car accident that caused the death of dancer Isadora to tainted love. Continuing to clarify we see in stanza five, Plath writes, “One scarf will catch and anchor in the wheel// such yellow sullen smokes// Make their own element. They will not rise” (13-15). You can detect how the love is making her physically sick. The yellow sullen smokes are code for something being unwell. They transfer as a negative sensation. This affects her tremendously, she is so afraid of catching this love scarf, because she knows that the death from it is a slow and painful one.
The toxicity in tainted love can be the result of infidelity. In stanza nine, Plath states, “ Greasing the bodies of adulterers// Like Hiroshima ash and eating in.// The sin. The sin” (25-27). Plath explains how love or marriage is becoming extremely sinful now. Love can be dangerous especially during the heat of the moment. All this leads to the her getting cheated on, leading to the adulterer to burn “like Hiroshima.” This is only the beginning of her facing the true hatred towards a cheater, before she realizes who she really is. You can tell by the writing that the greasing stage is one where