In “Lady Lazarus”, one of Plath’s most famous poems from Ariel, has many images that indicate suicide and death, but these symbols can be viewed as symbols of reviving oneself. As Plath describes she has died every 10 years and then comes back to life, such as the biblical story of Lazarus. I believe these images are describing Plath’s wanting to leave behind the living world, but she pulls herself back from the brink every time, like a child playing near the edge of a cliff looking over, dangling their feet, and leaning over almost falling off yet they retreat before it goes to far. Though, Plath says she has done it before and the second time meant it to be permanent. Could this mean that Plath committed suicidal acts and survived around 20 years old? Or, does it mean she killed her old self to create a new person, but the true self, true Sylvia Plath always resurfaces and that no matter what role she tries to place herself in and acclimate too she cannot deny who she truly is. Though at the end, Plath seems to be a forced to be reckoned with as she emerges from ashes like a phoenix, could this rebirth as it relates to the doctor and others be a rebirth from her electroshock therapy? Though, from this charge she is revived with more conviction than ever.
In “The Bell Jar” one thing that stuck out to me and caused interest was esters psychiatric treatment. How the doctors were insensitive and treated her without any interest in her personal condition. This is odd to me because the entire point of being a psychologist or psychiatrist should be to help people through their illnesses and problems. Additionally, the idea of electroshock therapy struck home a little, as its way of causing changes in a person is through causing full convulsive seizures in the individual. As a person who is epileptic the thought of this is revolting, believe me seizures aren’t something I would wish on anyone and the thought of causing someone to have one purposely is ridiculous. Though in extreme cases this therapy works I believe it should not be a viable option, and is archaic. Ester after experiencing this therapy says she no longer thinks about knives but this could indicate her mind is no longer as sharp as it once was, maybe she feels her intelligence has been muffled ; maybe this is the feeling that Plath had felt after the therapy?