Sylvia Plath Compare To Esther


Sylvia Plath was born to middle class parents in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; she published her first poem when she was eight. Her father was a professor of entomology, when he past away he left psychological scars on Sylvia when she was eight. Her mother worked teaching in a medical/secretarial program at Boston University. By the time she entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1950 she already had an impressive list of publications. During the summer following her junior year at Smith, she returned from a stay in New York City where she had been a student ``guest editor'' at Mademoiselle Magazine, Sylvia nearly succeeded in killing herself by swallowing sleeping pills (LW, pg36). ...

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clear to us that despite all her achievement, Esther’s true state of mind is not in the right place. As the story goes on she has to make a decision, like Sylvia, whether she wants a career or a family (LW, pg. 38). “Esther sees herself as something else than primarily a housewife, and she uses much of her energy to try to avoid marrying the one she is expected- Buddy Willard”(SP, pg3). Like Sylvia, she did a summer internship in New York City, and suffered a mental collapse, and was institutionalized. While
Esther’s future in the novel’s conclusion is still unknown. You can see Esther’s confusion; frustration, paranoia and fear are coming from Sylvia’s life.
Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Mirror”, shows much of how she views her life. Plath discusses the duality of the mirror and difficulty of seeing deeper into one's self in her poem. The speaker is the mirror, which describes itself in human ways throughout the poem (DM, pg. 24). "I am silver and exact. I have no ...

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the lines, "Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me. Searching my reaches for what she really is" (10-11), the underlying theme of the whole poem can be seen. The transformation presents the woman looking for her true identity inside her reflection. Almost as though the woman does not like what she sees "she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon" (12), hoping for a better truth. The unfolding of this self and search for truth is constant in this poem. The ending is important to show the process of life and the reflection of aging physically or mentally. "In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish" (17-18). ...

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