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Research Topic: Sylvia PlathResearch Question: Did depression play a significant role in shaping Sylvia Plath’s literary works?
Early LifeSylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston Massachusetts. She was the first child of Otto Plath and Aurelia Schober and she lived in Boston but had to move to Wellesley, Massachusetts due to financial problems. After high school, she attended Smith College where her writing primarily started (“Sylvia Plath”).
AdulthoodDuring her undergraduate years at Smith College, she began to show signs of depression. After graduating Smith College, she attended Cambridge University, which is where she met a poet, Ted Hughes, who she later married in 1956. Six years later, she gave birth to two children, but was left to take care of them after her divorce with Hughes in 1962. In 1953, Plath attempted suicide for the first time (“Sylvia Plath”).
RelationshipsMother: Sylvia Plath always showed her appreciation towards her mother. She knew her mother had always made sacrifices for her and her brother. Everyday, Plath wrote her mother letters about what was going in her life, but as time went on, she began to realize that her mother was holding her back and started to grow hostile towards her mother. This was portrayed throughout “Letters Home,” which revealed that Plath’s mother did not want her to live her life as a poet (“Sylvia Speaks”).Father: Her relationship with her father was different than her relationship with her mother. He was a very strict father who did not really let her live her life. They had a troubled relationship and were rarely open with each other. Their relationship was portrayed throughout one of her poems “Daddy,” which is about a daughter who felt very distant from her father and in a way, feared him. Although, after her father died, she felt as if she was betrayed (“Sylvia Plath”).
Relationships (Cont.)Husband: Plath married Ted Hughes in 1956 and divorced in 1962. According to Plath’s daughter, Ted Hughes always supported her and was a major factor of Plath’s fame by helping her publish “Ariel,” one of her most famous works (Wilson).
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