(Please read this post and the comment thread starting with D’s post first, for to facilitate understanding.)
So this is in response to the Sylvia Plath suicide comment thread on Captain Awkward, which The Captain seems to be Finished Discussing Thank You, so I’ll be putting it here instead of there.
Basically: Sylvia Plath’s suicide has nothing to do with her work.
All of her works were written before her suicide. She did not know at the time that she was going to commit suicide. The Bell Jar quote in question is clearly by a person who knows what it feels like to suffer from paralysis of choice. When she wrote that, she DID NOT KNOW that her paralysis would kill her. The meaning of that quote: This is what it feels like. Other people have been through this. Having too many wonderful choices is a real struggle, and even though some people #firstworldproblems you for being in pain over this, it really does hurt and I understand.
Her eventual suicide has nothing to do with it.
If it did, the meaning would be: Sylvia Plath was destroyed by this struggle, but you don’t have to be. Here are some options that you have that she didn’t.
Sylvia Plath DIDN’T KNOW SHE WAS GOING TO KILL HERSELF. She probably knew she might, but she didn’t know she would. Therefore, her suicide has nothing to do with her work. Thank you.