Taking on a Mourning Her Mother Never Bothered With: Esther's Anguished Memory and Her Resistance to a Domestic Life in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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Lauren Ashley Benard


Lauren Ashley Benard currently attends the University of California, Riverside and will be graduating this coming June with her B.A. in English. Beginning this Fall she will attend graduate school and work towards a M.A. in English with an emphasis on 20th Century American literary depictions of domestic space and gender roles. This is her first published essay and will serve as a stepping stone towards her future as an aspiring Plath scholar. Plath once wrote "I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still" in a letter home to her mother (Letters Home 35). These words really speak to Lauren as she also possesses a voice within that nourishes her commitment to writing. In order to exercise her artistry, she devotedly writes poetry, lyrics, and fiction. Apart from that, her sideline interests are working as a writing tutor at her University and volunteering for her city as an operator for a crisis intervention hotline.