Feminism In Sylvia Plath

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Born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath would later be recognized as one of the greatest poets and novelists of the post-war era. Plath was raised in an academically focused environment; her father was a biology professor and her mother was a shorthand teacher. Contrary to the writing style of the time, Plath wrote about genuine emotions experienced by women. Additionally, she wrote about personal life events and the people that surrounded her. The poem, Point Shirley, was about a town that bordered hers, and two other famous poems, Daddy and The Beekeeper’s Daughter, were about her father. Most notably, Sylvia Plath is the author of the novel, The Bell Jar, and poetry collections called The Colossus and Ariel, Winter Trees, Crossing the Water, and The Journals of Sylvia Plath (“Sylvia Plath: Her”). In these pieces, she portrays not only her life struggles, but hardships that all young women were facing during that time period. Living in the post-war era, women were expected to fit into the gender role of “stay-at-home mothers” who cooked, cleaned, and took care of …show more content…
It was extremely common in the fifties as well as today for woman to conform to what a male idealizes in a woman.For example, television shows such as: I Love Lucy, Father Knows Best, and Leave It to Beaver show the subordination women and hypermasculinity from men was normal (“Masculinity”). Additionally, the poem, Mirror, is summarized as a “variation on the theme searching for self in reflection because the woman in the mirror is seeing a reflection not of herself but of the self she is constrained to be by male expectation” (Freedman). Freedman is explaining that whoever was looking in the mirror was constantly conscious of what was the ideal “image” made up by not only men, but

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