Le Femme Fatale

Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no cure for a restless nature…

except maybe death.

The poet Ted Hughes had an effect on women. His love for Assia Wevill and Sylvia Plath had driven both women to their deaths. What Hughes said about Assia before Sylvia ended her life:

I saw the dreamer in her
Had fallen in love with me and she did not know it.
That moment the dreamer in me
Fell in love with her, and soon I knew it.

Sylvia suffered from depression and was very well aware/conscious about her mental state of mind. The feminist writer once said that madness for her was awareness of her insanity as she experienced it. Sylvia learned that Ted Hughes was having an affair with Assia, and she was heartbroken to know that her husband’s betrayal was emotional–more so than physical.Diane MiddlebrookThis traumatic event lead to her separation (please be mindful that her love for Ted Hughes did not end in a divorce). She later return to London with her two children and rented a flat once owned by William Butler Yeats. In 1962, the same year of her separation, Sylvia experienced the full-force of mania or burst of creativity that resulted in her best literary works which made her reputation.

Thereafter, depression haunted Sylvia. Her close friend, Dr. John Horder, visited her flat to treat Sylvia for depression, but it was too late for the medication to take effect. In 1963, Sylvia Plath ended her life but she never intended to commit suicide … her mental and emotional suffering was too great to endure and she made a desperate ‘cry for help’.

“We loved outside ourselves and perceive that our love is a function of our sorrow; when in reality, it is such people more than any others who inspires love…” – Marcel Proust