Sylvia Plath And Lady Lazarus

Death is one of the major themes of Sylvia Plath's poetry. Many of her poems are elaborate explorations of the concept of death. It was also one of her major preoccupations, as can be seen from the documentation of her life.
She attempted suicide at various intervals throughout her life. However, the events in her life were not entirely responsible for each of her three attempts and eventual death. To the outsider her life seemed perfect but over the course of time she had numerous bouts of depression and breakdowns. Her state of mind during these times has been fairly well expressed in her work.
Her poetry with its treatments of death and suicide give her readers a deeper insight on ...

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the New Testament. Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus. The poem too, is about a sort of female Lazarus who can die and rise again. The woman in the poem, who is also the narrator, is famous for this ability. She speaks of dying over and over again. And how even when her body has begun to decay, she soon comes back to normal, almost as good as new. The comparison of herself to a cat with "nine times to die" indicates that she will not give up till she actually succeeds.
The repeated resurrections have made the woman into a horrifying spectacle. She does not expect a sympathetic response from the "crowd" of spectators that surround her. She does not feel any connection with the people that come to watch her. This is evident from the last stanza where she is describing herself as a mock phoenix, rising "out of the ash" from another failed suicide attempt. She is a myth that people want to marvel at from a distance. She does not feel that they can relate to her. She is a ...

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