Sylvia Plath 's The And The Bible Of Dreams Essay

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Often described as a perfectionist, Sylvia Plath was an enviable, popular, academically successful college student when her losing battle with depression began. Having published her first poem at eight years old, Plath was a writer at her core, and her journey with mental illness can be revealed and analyzed in her writing which gave Plath a method of coping with and externalizing her many debilitating anxieties. In her many published poems, stories, and essays Plath covers topics on identity, depression, love, and death. This paper will explore aspects of Sylvia Plath 's literary voice that set her a part, examine how those devices are working towards the ultimate message of her writing, and present possible contributing factors to the development of her style. Plath consistently uses beautiful language to create vivid imagery that transforms the most mundane things into powerful literary vehicles that move a long the plot. In the short story "Mothers" in the book Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, the main character observes, "The organ drew breath; they started on the opening hymn" (Plath 15). In this description, Plath changes an event as simple as the playing of an organ and literally brings it to life on the page. The Bell Jar also contains life giving imagery such as the ending of chapter nine where Plath says, "Piece by piece, I fed my wardrobe to the night wind, and flutteringly, like a loved one 's ashes the gray scraps were ferried off, to settle here, there,…

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