How does the work "Lady Lazarus" by Sylvia Plath use the theme of death?

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The poem "Lady Lazarus" reflects Plath's obsession with death and suicide. There are several ways the theme of death is evoked, some direct and some reflecting Plath's own prototypical imagery and obsessions.

The title itself evokes the Biblical figure of Lazarus who died and was raised from the dead by Jesus. The narrator is someone who has been rescued after a failed suicide attempt and is lashing out at the people who saved her life. The poem is "confessional" in that Plath herself attempted to commit suicide multiple times until finally...

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