The Suicide Of Sylvia Plath Essay

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In our society, death can bring about emotions of sadness, regret, guilt, or even relief. Reactions to the loss of a person in one’s life often vary on how the deceased is lost. Death from suicide causes a set of emotions that are different than a death from an ailment such as cancer. The suicide of Sylvia Plath has been deemed one of the most shocking losses in literary history because of its suddenness and because of who were left behind. People of all statuses and locations have provided their reactions to Plath’s death. These reactions ranged from death threats to Ted Hughes, the man accused of driving Sylvia Plath to her suicide, to making movies celebrating her courage in facing death on her own terms. These reactions tend to lean on the extreme sides in terms of appropriate responses to her passing. Though often overlooked, the reactions of people who knew her personally provide a look into the highly publicized death that most know little about. By examining poetic responses such as “Life After Death” by Ted Hughes”, “My Mother” by Frieda Hughes, and “Sylvia’s Death” by Anne Sexton, the reader is able to examine where similarities and differences occur in terms of response to the suicide of Sylvia. In addition, by analyzing “A Birthday Present” by Sylvia Plath, we can understand how Sylvia viewed her impending suicide, a perspective integral to understanding the reactions of those who knew her. These poetic reactions go beyond simple grief by expressing feelings of…

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