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Unformatted text preview: Interestingly, if Plath's last word to us was very dark, since that time women have gone on to say much more positive things. We can only wish that Plath herself might be here to comment on the really fine works of fiction from such writers as Oates, Mary Gordon, Gail Godwin, Joanne Greenberg, Alice Walker, and now a whole generation of women. Perhaps Plath's The Bell Jar, however slight a novel as it might be in the future, and as judged against those works that grew out of it and away from it, was really the watershed. And Plath's tragic suicide was the waste land from which contemporary women have, and will, free themselves. In conclusion, we must go forward. There is no going back to "Daddy" or to childish ways. Maybe not even back to Hamlet-like equivocation or the American Dream intellectual indulgences that we cannot afford in the modern atomic world. In this forward movement to positive personal and social cannot afford in the modern atomic world....
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- Fall '09
- The Bell Jar