The name of Sylvia Plath has become almost synonymous with suffering and tragic death, not only because of the depression and suicide that are the trademarks of her life, but also because of the close correspondence between the facts of her life and the motifs of her poetry and prose. Various answers have been given to the question of whether and to what degree her literary achievements can be considered as symptoms or catalysts of her final suicidal act. Nonetheless, the poet and her writing continue to baffle literary critics and psychiatrists alike. pp. 98–106

Keywords: father figure, Medusa mother, daughter-persona

Elena Ciobanu
Vasile Alecsandri University, Romania
Serban Turliuc
Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine, Romania

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