The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath, starts of in the summer of the mid-1950s. Esther Greenwood, the main character, is a 19 year full of ambition and creativity that works at a popular magazine company. Esther mainly has two “best friends”, Betsy and Doreen. Having a pretty decent life in New York she feels as though she is missing something and that she isn’t experiencing life as some of the other ladies her age are. Esther is faced with the thought of not being what she should be. Which is, what the other women of her age are expected to be, by society’s views. The night before Esther is supposed to go back to her mother, who lives in the suburbs outside of Boston, she goes to a country club dance with Doreen and Doreen’s boyfriend and his friend. At the dance she is assaulted but gets away before any bad damage is done. After finding out that she didn’t get into a summer creative writing course everything goes downhill for her and her suicidal depression comes out. She is forced to go to a Dr. Gordon and he proposes that she does shock therapy. But he botches the electroshock therapy and causes her depression to worsen. After Esther tries to take her life with sleeping pills she is taken to a psychiatric institution, she has a new doctor, Dr. Nolan. While at the institution, Esther goes through a electroshock and insulin therapy sessions and it is successful this tume. Also while at the institution she meets an old ex of her ex, Joan. They slowly make an acquaintance with each other. Later on, while Esther is getting better Joan takes her own life. The Bell Jar ends roughly a year later, with Esther going into her exit interview to see if she is ready to leave the institution.
The first chapter starts off...
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...ou get the perspective of Esther Greenwood past and present. Also you learn bits, here and there, about some surrounding characters. From the flashbacks you get a sense of how Esther Greenwood became Esther Greenwood. Also you can see just when she started to go downhill and when maybe she was feeling a bit better.
I would rate this book a 7.8. Where it is good enough to be higher than a 7.5 but it doesn’t reach an 8. This book was a fantastic read and I learned a bit from it. Also it was a very interesting book and it’s the type of topic/genre I read a lot. I like to read book with a darker twist to them. I would recommend this book to scholars that like to read a bit darker book or books that have more or a dark humor twist type. I would even recommend that anyone read this book because it is a great read and Sylvia Plath is an amazing writer!
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