Sylvia Plath Essay Lady Lazarus

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Sylvia Plath’s Lady Lazarus is an incredible metaphor of rebirth; the whole idea of a new life from death. Plath throughout her life was suicidal and many of her most famous works revolve around the ideas of death being a new beginning and a way of escaping enslavement from many various factors that bind us to life. There is nothing different about this poem from all of Plath’s other works. She as always represents her life troubles through a worldly event in this case the Holocaust.
This poem is also focused around the biblical story of Lazarus. Lazarus lived with his two sisters, Mary and Martha, in Bethany. Lazarus became ill and his sisters prayed to Jesus to save him. By the time Jesus came to save Lazarus he had
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She says it has a charge, referring to life itself. She also states that she is in fact a valuable herself. This is where we really see her plea for affection from her husband, in that she sees herself as worthy why won’t he. She then makes many references to gold fillings, wedding rings, and etc. referring to the valuables that were taken from the Jewish peoples in the concentration camps.
She then ties up the poem with her transformation being complete. She says “out of the ash…I eat men like air” which means she is a new woman. She is now a stronger woman that will not take what bad things the world or men do to her. This is the end of her plea saying she is now done (much like the ending in Daddy).
The second perspective is a desperate plea for a heroic male figure, and the poem is representing her life’s depressions and her path to her death. This poem with a psychological outlook can be seen as a representation of the stages of depression leading up to suicide. Considering that Plath killed herself only a few short months after writing this we can assume this point of view on the poem can be considerably accurate.
The first four stanzas are seen as the point of Optimism Stage I. this is the point of time where you see the patient extremely happy and feeling pride in oneself. This is shown in the poem by the speaker’s cockiness. When she goes on about her divinity as a “fine Jew linen” she expresses self admiration. Then “Do I terrify?—“can be seen as a