A life of one's own: A novel examining a struggle with suicide

Lyke, Betty P.
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This purpose of this study is to examine, through the creation of a novel, how relationship problems like those contributing to the suicides of Virginia Woolf, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath, might be incorporated into the life of a present-day protagonist.

Procedures included a review of the authors' relationships from works and biographies in order to create similar roles in the novel and to determine how the protagonist could relate to the authors. Procedures also included examination of works which discuss the role of mental illness in writers' lives, and other works about novel writing.

This study concludes that women still face emotional problems and relationships which can affect their various roles. However, today's women can develop support systems drawing on feminist perspectives presented by writers like Woolf, Sexton, and Plath. They may use these writers as feminist models while refusing to succumb to the emotional pressures which plagued these famous literary figures.

Language, literature, and linguistics, American literature, Mental illness, Virginia Woolf, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath