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Analysis and comments on The Applicant by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 8 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:56 PM.

Sylvia Plaths poem 'The Applicant' is about men 'interviewing' women to
find the perfect applicant for marriage. Someone who will cook and clean up
after them, because until they find a man they are 'naked as a paper'. It
is extremely sarcastic and it is cleverly written.

Rach from Australia
Comment 7 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:55 PM.

I thought this poem was way too feminist for my liking. Sylvia Plath is
trying to sterotype every male into a category of zombies who just order
their wives/fiancee/girlfriends into doing what they want and that all men
want a woman for is to do jobs. This is untrue and just because her husband
treated her poorly doesn't mean that all men are tha same.

Daniel Gaut from Australia
Comment 6 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:58 PM.

The poem is an interesting view on a feminist's opinion. Without question
it is an excellent poem to read. However, I believe this poem has little
depth; and simply is what you see is what you get. The poem obviously comes
from a person with true contempt for men who think this way. Without being
disrespectful to the author, her opinions are quite unethical. But back on
topic, I am supposed to be writing about the poem. So my opinion is that
unlike many famous poems, this one is a weak attempt to put a sub-standard
opinion across.

Patrick Lockyer
Comment 5 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:56 PM.

This poem confused me. This is probably because I'm stupid but I will say
that I did not enjoy reading this poem. It was what I believe to be about
"the perfect woman". There is no such thing as "the perfect woman". So this
poem had no point. HAHA. Sorry. The stereotype created in this poem annoys
me. The way this portrays women appals me. This comment probably makes no
scence what so ever so I will end it now.

Julio from Australia
Comment 4 of 28, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 10:40 AM.

I believe that this wonderful poem is wrongly held up by militant feminists
as a purely feminist poem. Sylvia Plath may have been manic depressive, but
she was certainly extremely intelligent as rapidly becomes clear when you
read her biography. An extremely intelligent person should be circumspect
enough to realise that it is not only men who are at fault here, and I
think she displays this very well in stanza five. Here she describes (and
condemns) the roles and stereotypes that men are expected to conform to.
The suit: stiff, black, proof against everything; "they'll bury you in
it.". In other words, they have to be rigid, stoic, invincible, and must
keep up this guise even unto the day they die. Despite what many feminists
seem to think, men are not necessarily like this, for they too, like women,
have expectations imposed upon them which they are forced to live up to,
regardless of whether it complies with their nature or not. Sylvia Plath
has shown that she is wise enough to know that there is something wrong
with society, not men.

Dani B from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 28, added on September 3rd, 2005 at 11:01 AM.

This poem represents men marrying the stereotype of the "right person" eg.
Are you our sort of person? . The Poem is a mockery of the checklist needed
to be followed in order to live a stereotipical "happy marriage".eg. Do you
wear a glass eye, false teeth or a crutch.It can sew, it can cook, it can
talk talk talk. and of course the repetition of the words "will you marry
it?. The poem also states that "it is gauranteed" that most will fall into
this trap of blending in. "My boy its your last resort" I enjoyed the poem
and think it is very sarcastic and humorous.

Elinor from South Africa
Comment 2 of 28, added on March 18th, 2005 at 6:13 PM.

I believe that Sylvia Plath's Poem the Applicant is about the gender
classification of women "to bring teacups and roll away headaches" And how
men expect their women(make them their own property) to be like robots to
be there to please them.

Stephanie
Comment 1 of 28, added on December 7th, 2004 at 9:58 AM.

How often do you feel like you are, not the applicant, but the good?
Regardless of your position- all too often women are the good. But smile
with that knowledge, because with it comes rejection.

Erin Lee from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Applicant
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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