Annotated Bibliography: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Behrent, Megan. "Trapped in The Bell Jar." SOCIALISTWORKER.org 25 Mar. 2013: Web. 26 Oct. 2015. .
Behrent thoroughly explains how The Bell Jar has remained relevant throughout the fifty years since its publication and how relatable The Bell Jar is for young women. Society’s prejudice towards women and the mistreatment of psychological illnesses are aspects that still haunt society today. One example that Behrent identifies is how numerous women resonate with the situation of when Esther had to get fitted for a diaphragm. The fact that Esther must break the law to gain control of her own body rings true with many women because of the shady actions women sometimes have to perform to obtain birth control. Additionally, Behrent emphasizes how Plath’s work was liberating for numerous women trapped under the pressures of fulfilling societies predestined roles, thus her work served as a proponent in the birth of the feminist movement. In conclusion, Behrent states that Plath’s story continues to speak to women because the conditions that produced it are all too familiar in the present.
Nicholas Donofrio. "Esther Greenwood’s Internship: White-Collar Work and Literary Careerism in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar."Contemporary Literature 56.2 (2015): 216-254. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Oct. 2015. .
Nicholas emphasizes the fact that most readers are aware that The Bell Jar was based in part of an internship Sylvia Plath held at Mademoiselle Magazine, but few readers truly know the etymology of the term internship. The word intern appeared in the middle of the nineteenth century as a transitive verb meaning “to confine” or “to detain”, as within the four walls of an asylum where people, like Esthe...
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Scholes, Robert. "Esther came back like a retreaded tire." New York Times 11 Apr. 1971: Web. 1 Jan. .
Scholes accentuates how The Bell Jar is about the way America was in the nineteen-fifties and about the way it is to lose one’s grip on sanity and recover it again. Plath specifically refers to the execution of the Rosenbergs, who were executed by electrocution. Scholes points out that ironically, it is shock therapy that causes Esther to finally lift the hypothetical jar from her life and retread. Plath writes with a sense of realism that is apparent in Esther’s disposition of not conforming to society’s predestined roles, but this realism essentially is the source of Esther’s illness. Nonetheless, the theme of Scholes’ article is that it is through this very disturbing process that Esther is, in fact, reborn and stronger than ever.