Silence Sylvia Plath Analysis

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Sylvia Plath “The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence" (Plath). Throughout her life, Sylvia Plath wrote about her hardships and emotions, to contribute to her main theme that death brings the hatred out of people, as reflected in her own life, which allows people to relate to her work and feel as though they are not alone. Sylvia Plath faced a challenging childhood and reflected her emotions within her poems. Otto Plath died on the night of November 5, 1940, and when the eight-year-old Sylvia was informed of her father's death, she proclaimed "I'll never speak to God again" (neuroticpoets.com). Shortly after visiting her fathers grave, Plath wrote 'Electra on Azalea Path'. "The day you died I went into the dirt [...] I am the ghost of an infamous suicide, My own blue razor rusting in my throat" (Plath). This poem specifically focuses on her feelings towards her fathers death and connects to her issues later in life dealing with suicide. The poem explains how Plath feels like part of her is dying with her father, then decides it was her own love which killed him. Plath's childhood experience affected her …show more content…
"After undergoing electroconvulsive therapy for depression, In August 1953, Sylvia Plath made a first medically documented attempt to commit suicide" (famousauthors.org). Within her writing Plath made references to her suicide attempt and brought up the topic of suicide continuously. For example in 'Daddy', "At twenty I tried to die and get back, back, back to you" (Plath). According to Alice Philipson of telegraph.co.uk, Sylvia Plath poem written two weeks before she committed suicide has revealed her 'disturbed' state of mind as she changed the final stanza to reflect her anxiety over being 'fatherless'. Sylvia put her feelings into each poem which created a dark tone, causing them to portray how different situation's in her life affected

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