Plath’s Warring Identities

The reason the ‘myth’ of Plath is so great is because of the warring identities apparent in her life and in her work. Besides the fact that she was suspected to have been a manic-depressive, prone to exaggerated fits of misery and exhaustion, joy and excitement, sensuality and sexuality, irritability and anger, energy and creativity, she was also known to be a woman who wore many masks. “You walked in, laughing, tears welling confused, mingling in your throat. How can you be so many women to so many people, oh you strange girl?” she wrote in her journal in the summer of 1952.

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