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Read With Us: Anna Ceballos

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom is a short story Plath wrote when she was only 20 years old. The story follows the main character Mary after her parents put her on a train going north to the Ninth Kingdom. The story is heavy with imagery of suicide and the Ninth Kingdom seems to be a nod to the ninth ring of Hell from Dante’s Inferno. This ring was known as Treachery and it was maintained for those who betrayed their loved ones. The guiding light throughout this story was a lady who sat next to Mary on the train who reminded her that she had a choice all along and that in the end no one could force her into anything she didn’t want to do. I think this short story is tailored towards people who have lost loved ones to suicide because it is a reminder that it is a choice one makes for themselves not one anyone forced them into. The story also gives insight into the mind of someone with depression and suicidal thoughts by showing the numbness people feel as well as last minute regret.

★★★★★ 5/5

Genre: Horror Fiction

Dark, Haunting, Intruiging

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