Essay about The Life Of Sylvia Plath

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The Life of Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
The American poet, Sylvia Plath, is considered one of the most highly regarded writers of the 20th century. Her poems are described as “intensely autobiographical, they explore her own mental anguish, her troubled marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes, her unresolved conflicts with her parents, and her own vision of herself” (“Sylvia Plath”). Struggling with depression and mental anguish, she desperately tried to overcome obstacles in her own consciousness and coexist with the realization of her distress. Creatively she exhibited her emotions and feelings throughout her work, in which she unfortunately left her mark in the poetic world.
Sylvia was born on October 27th, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to parents Otto and Aurelia Plath (Middlebrook). She has a younger brother, Warren Plath, born on April 27th, 1935. Her life of misery began when her father sadly died on November 5th, 1940 due to complications of diabetes. He had been sick for years, but avoided seeking treatment because he was afraid of being diagnosed with cancer. When he stubbed his toe in August 1940, doctors diagnosed him with very advanced diabetes. They then tried to amputate his leg to save his life, but he unfortunately died following the procedure. This devastated Sylvia to the point that she lost all her faith and vowed to “never speak to God again” (On the Edge of Destruction”). According to Brenda Mondragon, “she sometimes felt that, in a way, he had committed…

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