Essay on Analysis Of `` Stings `` By Sylvia Plath

1735 Words Dec 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Sylvia Plath tragically died more than 50 years ago, however the vitality of her work continues on. To some, Plath’s writing is a biography of her life, yet to others, her work is simply a piece of art to be admired and studied. Through the earlier drafts of her poem “Stings,” one can develop a biographical perception of Plath’s writing. However, it is within her published version of “Stings” that Plath’s writing is revealed as the Introduction to Johnny Panic states, “impassioned reorganizations of relevant fact.” (Hughes 2) Plath’s first known typewritten draft of “Stings,” in Stings: Original Drafts of the Poem in Facsimile, there is a powerful negativity towards men. The speaker of the poem refers to men as “stingless dead men,” (65) “rejected dead men,” (70) “old dead men” (75) and “dead men.” (80) Each word used to describe men has a negative connotation. From the word “stingless” which implies cowardly behavior, to the words “old” and “dead,” which create an adverse tone. The use of such words, leads one to believe that Plath could possibly be writing about her husband. It is public knowledge that Sylvia Plath’s husband, Ted Hughes, cheated on her. She found out about his infidelity shortly before she wrote “Stings.” With this understanding a connection can be easily established between the negative diction and Plath’s own husband. Susan R. Van Dyne states that the negative diction regarding men is Plath’s way of attempting to “free her alter ego from the…

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