Most of us love and hate our opposite gender parent.

So, for instance, a woman will love and hate her father.

But the woman represses her hatred of her father in order to survive.

So the hatred of her father passes out of her consciousness into her unconscious.

But Sylvia Plath has done us all a great favour by writing her poetry about her hatred of her father.

So Sylvia brought her hatred of her father into consciousness.

And Sylvia did this at considerable cost: Sylvia lost her relationship with her husband and lost her life.

Remember: Sylvia repressed her hatred of her father in order to survive, so she still believed if she did express her hatred of her father, she would die.

So Sylvia completed the unconscious circle, expressed her hatred of her father and killed herself, perfectly demonstrating the Electra Complex.