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The poem "Electra on Azalea Path" by Sylvia Plath is a memoi
Transcript of The poem "Electra on Azalea Path" by Sylvia Plath is a memoi
Though information is scarce about Plath's family relations, it can be assumed from the deficit that Plath's family was relatively stable, excluding her father's death. Her fictional biography "The Bell Jar" had no significant mention of family tensions either.
"Electra on Azalea Path"
Electra Complex: a sexual and mental attachment of a child towards her father and the child's sense of competition with the mother for the affection and attention of her father.
In reality Plath was never able to express her desires for her father due to his premature death early in her life, thus causing the downward spiral that led to her eventual suicide.
Traits of a Person with the Electra Complex
Rather complex personality
Can be overemotional and sensitive
Self conscious and has trouble following the crowd; conforming to social norms
Can be either possess high self esteem or low self esteem
Personality may resemble that of the same sex parent
Electra of Greek Mythology
The daughter of King Agamenom and Queen Clytemnestra
Princess of Argos
Electra and her brother, Orestes, plotted revenge against their mother and her lover for the murder of their father.
Blamed her mother for her father's death
This poem embodies the emotional impact Plath's father's death had on her. It powerfully expresses all of her resolute thoughts and feelings concerning his death and exposes all of her deepest emotions concerning the event in her life.
The poem "Electra on Azalea Path" by Sylvia Plath is a memoir of Plath's father's death. The literary work is an outlet for her mixed emotions, for her depression, denial and need to blame someone for her father's death. Throughout her life Plath was convinced her father committed suicide because he refused to receive medical attention, mistakenly diagnosing himself with lung cancer when in reality he was diabetic. His death early in her childhood emotionally scarred her, as later in life she felt she was unable to express her deep love for her father.
"Electra on Azalea Path" may have been written in anger towards her mother for not having intervened to save her father's life, or possibly envy as Plath wasn't able to spend as much time with her father as her mother was.