Tulips and Cut by Sylvia Plath

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“Tulips” and “Cut” Sylvia Plath is a “confessional” who puts her own experiences in her works that were written during the eighteen century. Sylvia Plath was diagnosed with depression, but recovered when she first attempted suicide in college. In her marriage to Ted Hughes she fell back into depression, which led her to attempt suicide and again this time she died .During the twentieth century, women in American culture were treated as objects without a voice, and male dominance suppressed them. Plath uses allusion, symbolism and metaphors throughout her poems “Tulips” and “Cut” to demonstrate the theme of women in American culture. Plath uses allusions throughout her poems “Tulips” and “Cut” to display women’s culture in America. In “Tulips” she uses the biblical allusion of “Shutting their mouths on it, like Communion tablet” to illustrate how the dead and herself come close to pure tranquility by staying utterly still as a rock (line 35). The biblical allusion demonstrates women’s culture in the United States by women accepting the opportunity for tranquility, to flee from their social duties as mother and wife. In the last stanza of “Tulips” Plath says, “The tulips should be behind bars like dangerous animals; /They are opening like a mouth of some great African cat” allocates how her social restrains are eating her like a African cat (lines 58- 59). This demonstrates how women in American culture like Plath, are compelled to social boundaries by a lack of freedom.

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