Sylvia Plath As A Represntation Of The Post Modern Era

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The Post-Modernist period, stretching from 1945 to present, was known for its opportunity and change. Poetry during the time period was influenced by the many events occurring in society. The Second World War had just ended and it was a prosperous time for most of the world. Sylvia Plath was a female poet during this time period. Some of Plath’s work is directly related to issues developing in society, while others were influenced by her truly troubled life. Being a woman, Plath was always interested in the constant fight for women’s rights. After the war, women’s liberation was one of the many issues that demanded change. The poem “The Applicant” portrays how Plath personally felt about women’s rights,... View More »

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” (Plath 462) As a result of Plath’s hate for men she wrote poems about liberation and what she thought was wrong with the way men treated her. In the poem “The Applicant” Plath depicts how many women are treated in marriage and makes it seem that marriage is a job interview where women need to sell themselves to the male as if they were products. Plath puts herself in the position of a woman in a marriage. The woman is dismembered and not complete, showing that she is not “normal”, and therefore treated differently. Plath writes “Stitches to show something’s missing? NONO? Then / How can we give you a thing?” (Plath “The Applicant” 6-7) This quotation relates back to Plath’s life and how she feels that as a woman she is regarded as less of a human being. Near the middle of the poem Plath introduces a suit that is given to the male. This suit is mentioned throughout the rest of the poem. It reads “I notice you are shark and naked. / How about this suit- / Black and stiff but not a bad fit.” (Plath “The Applicant” 19-21) This emphasizes how the women in the marriage always give to her male but her male never returns the favour. Pamala J. Annas understood what the suit means. She says “The suit defines the man, whereas the woman is only defined by the marriage.” (“The Self”) This shows the overall message of the poem: the woman feels she needs the husband, but the husband is only concerned with the suit he is offered. He believes that without his wife he will survive just the same as if he had her. Without his suit he is regarded as nothing. One of the last lines of the poem ...

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