Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath Analysis

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On the other hand there is Plath. As it was earlier mentioned critics define Sylvia Plath as a confessional poet, pre-feminist, suicidal poet who is obsessed to a certain extent with the theme of death. In Lady Lazarus the narrator is in 1st person this is shown through the use of “I”. The narrator is a narcissist who is obsessed with the idea of death and makes herself be undefeatable against death as she is “a sort of walking miracle.” This is one of the reasons why critics associated it as if Sylvia Plath was the narrator herself of the poem. One purpose of this was to try different writing voices through her work. During the postmodernist era individuality was a common form as well as the encouragement to experiment with different voices …show more content…
In The Feathered Pillow death was present from the beginning of the story with the death of Alicia’s and Jordan’s marriage followed by the slow death Alicia suffered from the blood sucking parasite. Quiroga used the the death of Alicia to evoke a fear within us for when we go to sleep on our pillows, especially if it was a feathered pillow since it is known that these parasites can be found there. There exists the possibility that we can suffer this death without realizing it just like Alicia did. This short story makes a very terrifying bedtime story. In comparison with the analysis of Lady Lazarus a prose story is easier to analyze than a poem because a poem can be open to many interpretations where a piece of prose is more direct. Death in Lady Lazarus was depicted in three different ways, the suicides committed, metaphors relating to the Holocaust and the resurrection from the dead. The female character has an obsession with death all throughout the poem. Because of this many people that have read her works and have a brief understanding about her personal life believe that Sylvia Plath was suicidal. This was because she had already tried to commit suicide but failed. To my interpretation of the poem we are advised to not be afraid of death as she is proof and a miracle of rebirth. One limitation faced when writing this exploration was the use of a translated work. When The Feathered Pillow was translated from Spanish to English the tone was lost. In Spanish the tone builds up the suspense of the possibility of finding a parasite in our pillow where as in the English version it does it in a gently manner. This can be because my native language is Spanish and this work has been introduced to me originally in Spanish rather than English. One thing that is noticeable in the translation is the choice

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