The play is based on Plath's poem "Fever 103" written in 1962, the work from her mature stage. It and some other poems came afterwards are dislocated and concise in the linguistic expressions, unconnected in their images, filled with pain and the hallucinations and séance point of views raised by the pains. She had very thorough observation and depiction about the essence of existence. It is why we take the "fever" as the play's image. No matter it is about the outer (the yearning for the fame, success, and the perfection of the secular life, and the serious yet stubborn point of views to the poetry), or the inner (the bipolar disorder including the melancholia vs. manic, the shadow of death which never disappeared in her life, the contradictory viewpoints about love and sex, and the self-request for the perfection about her works.) Indeed she let herself stay in high-spirited state for a long time, it was revealed from her poems written before her tragic death, which were filled with the ecstasy of joy. They are like the last beam lit by her last breath, hidden inside is the piercing coldness. These types of bipolarity, such as the ambivalence of coldness and heat, in contrast to Plath's melancholia and manic, life and death, indulging and lucidness, and others, are the proof of her existence. At the same time, three subjects, love, death, and writing are adopted to coordinate this carnival of the debate, lyricism, poetry, or aphasia.
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