The Bell Jar_ Shattered: Exploration of creativity through a psychiatric lens
Keywords:mental illness, depression, sylvia plath, bell jar, suicide, psychiatry, medical humanities
Aristotle’s theory of melancholia hypothesized for the first time that individuals who possess any form of genius are prone to depression more than the average person. The list of examples supplementing Aristotle’s theory is by no means exhaustive. Extensive medical research has also been done to establish this connection. We will briefly review our understanding of the relationship between creativity and mental illness. We will discuss the insights provided by the life and works of American poet, novelist and short story writer Sylvia Plath. Sylvia Plath extensively chronicled her struggle with lifelong depression in her semi-autobiographical novel 'The Bell Jar'.
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