Is Sylvia Plath a Good Writer?

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According to Vladimir Nabokov, in an essay entitled “Good Readers and Good Writers,” there are specific traits that make up a good writer. One looking to be a great writer should be “considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter” (1007). Sylvia Plath is a good writer, because she meets each of his expectations.
Nabokov was primarily educated at the prestigious Trinity College, Cambridge. He lectured and taught at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and Cornell University, all also very prestigious. If these credentials are not reason enough for us to accept Nabokov’s words as the truth, there is also his ever-famous novel Lolita, which made him enough money to retire. Nabokov is a credible source when it comes to reading and writing, due to these facts.
Esther Greenwood seemed to have a perfectly rosy future in front of her. She was granted an internship as a guest editor for a prominent magazine in New York City, but when Esther is neither stimulated or excited by any of her adventures during her time in the big city, she slowly descends into a process of mental breakdown and loses sight of all of her hopes and dreams. Once the summer internship is over, Esther returns to her home near Boston in low spirits. Esther becomes increasingly depressed when she finds out that the prestigious writing course she had applied to had denied her acceptance. Over the summer, Esther’s mental state worsens, and she finds that she cannot eat, sleep, or write. Her mother then recommends that Esther go and see Dr. Gordon, a psychiatrist, who prescribes her with shock treatments so horrendous that she refuses to go back. Though she has stopped treatment her depression continues to worsen, and she describes it as a feeling of being concealed under a bell jar, struggling to breath. After many half-hearted attempts at taking her own life, Esther leaves a note telling her mother that she’s going for a long walk; when in reality, she is taking a couple dozen

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