Sylvia Plath had a unique and definitive mind. The works she wrote were dark and twisted, yet insightful. Sylvia Plath was a gifted writer, poet and verbal artist whose personal anguish and torment visibly manifested itself in her work. Although no one person can fully understand and interpret Plath's mind, one can begin to develop an understanding of Plath's life and experiences by analyzing her works. Her works reflect her feelings and anguishing thoughts towards life and humanity. One work, in particular, shows how life of anguish and torment take a toll in her mind. The Frog Autumn shows the end result of past experiences of Sylvia Plath. To begin to comprehend Sylvia Plath's actions and thoughts, one must understand her past.
Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932 to Otto and Aurelia Plath. They settled in Winthrop and were a very conservative household. Their family, including extended family, was a very tight unit. Sylvia had a joyous childhood and was instrumental in developing Sylvia as a writer. Much of the imagery in her work is based from memories of Winthrop. Sylvia's father perished when she was only eight years old, from complications due to undiagnosed diabetes. The death of her father tainted her permanently. They had a close, almost oedipal relationship. .
As Sylvia grew she was virtually impeccable in every way. She excelled in school, was popular and very intelligent. Sylvia was an active drama student and edited her school's newspaper. She was a member of the National Honors Society and attended Smith College on a scholarship. Though she was studying creative writing, she also dabbled in graphic arts. Sylvia's career as a writer began earlier than most of her colleagues. .