Theme Of Death In Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath was a famous American poet; often described as a feminist poet. She was born in Boston, October 27, 1932 and died on February 11, 1963. She had two children but left them at a young age as she closed the rooms between herself and her children, left them some bread and milk and trapped her head in the oven whilst the gas was turned on. She committed suicide at the age of 30. Sylvia used a wide variety of themes in her poems to express the thoughts that she constantly felt, to express her feelings that she felt no other person could, to tell stories which she went through and poured out all her emotions to let us know she could feel. I’ll be discussing death / depression as my first theme and victimization as my second: those being one of her main themes, along with her poems.

Death plays a huge role in Sylvia Plath’s poetry; she reveals it in different ways. The main common theme is the emptiness gone by her father’s death at the age of eight. She speaks about his death and burial remembering that she is forever separated from the love of her father. As Plath suffered most of her adult life from being depressed, It’s said to be that Sylvia Plath’s
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She sees her father in different ways, comparing him to a Nazi, vampire, devil and eventually her husband whom she also had to kill. Plath studied the Holocaust in college so she felt a connection to it. Her poetry is understood to be a response to these feelings of victimization, and many of her poems with a male dominated world is seen as reffering to any of the men that she forces in her life.

Out of respect to her father, Plath realized that she could never escape his dreadful hold over her; she stated her logic of victimhood in the poem "The Colossus" and “Daddy,” using a wide range of powerful metaphors and linked it to man who figured deeply in her
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