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Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath

This project is a short biographic brochure about Sylvia Plath who was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She used to write about her own traumatic breakdowns and suicide attempts at the age of 21. She found herself often in deep thought and writing about death, victimization, patriarchy and motherhood. She eventually committed suicide, suffocating herself through the kitchen stove, at the age of 30, leaving behind her two children in 1963.  Plath was later acknowledged as one of the great women writers in American History, winning the posthumous Plitzer Prize for her The Collected Poems, in 1982.

A diagonal line was used as a visual graphic element that represents the decline and downward path of her life, working as a symbol of Sylvia Plath’s perspective of the world. In the processes of gaining a better understanding about her life, many of the images found her either smiling and looking towards the camera, or looking happy with her family. Even though her life and works are very negative and tragic, the perceptions of a normal woman who wanted to be happy just like everyone else, was upheld through the façade of her smile.