Bell Jar Essays

  • the bell jar

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    The book “The Bell Jar” by Silvia Plath was different from other books assigned through-out my time at high school. Most of the other books, including for example “Of Mice and Men”, Lord of the Flies”, and “The Heart of darkness” were stories about mostly men and how they all turned against each other in some way and acted like animals instead of humans, and in the end of all of them someone dies. The book “The Bell Jar” though is without a doubt my favorite so far because it is about a female and

  • The Bell Jar

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    The mood of the story, The Bell Jar is very gloomy and depressing. Throughout the book, the main character Esther struggles with her mental stability. She can't quite get a grip on what her role is as a woman in society during the late 40’s and early 50’s. She struggles with the fact that she is most likely going to end up as a stay at home mom or house wife. She doesn’t like this idea. During the beginning of the book Esther is doing an internship over the summer for a magazine in New York. She

  • Patriarchy In The Bell Jar

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    in a Bell Jar: The Confinement of the Female Voice in Plath’s “The Bell Jar” written by Ashley Kress tells of the reflection of gender roles in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Kress talks about how feminist criticism talks about how it challenges the patriarchy in culture and literature. She talks about how The Bell Jar was a window to for Plath to show women that they can break away from the 1950’s type patriarchy just like Esther Greenwood. Two of Kress’ main topics is that how The Bell Jar is written

  • The Bell Jar Analysis

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    Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath, is cast under the spell of her own depression and the story of being released from the spell follows the structure of one of the 7 plot types Christopher Booker created. These 7 plot archetypes include the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, and lastly the archetype of Rebirth. The novel The Bell Jar is classified as the Rebirth plot, in accordance with the 5 stages that make up said

  • Symbolism In The Bell Jar

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    twentieth century adolescent, The Bell Jar since its original publication under Sylvia Plath’s pseudonym, Victoria Lucas in 1963 has become an iconic symbol of teen angst. The novel focuses on the protagonist, Esther Greenwood, and the emotional struggle she faces while finding her way in the world as a sheltered college student. The novel traces the expedition of her mental breakdown from the budding signs of depression to the denouement of her recovery. Throughout The Bell Jar, the stages of Esther Greenwood’s

  • The Bell Jar Plath

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    The Bell Jar is arguably one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century feminist literature. By illuminating the plight of the self-proclaimed neurotic Ester, Plath’s novel explores a poignantly crafted world of several complex and realistic women. However, the story’s feminist message leaves the modern reader in want of more than the “white feminism” that Plath serves. The only remarkably marginalized characteristics of Ester are that she is a woman and mentally-ill; otherwise, she is white, middle-class

  • The Bell Jar Feminism

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    In Sylvia Plath’s autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, the readers learn of a young womans adventures and everyday life in a male-dominated society. It is not just the character Esther Greenwood that encounters a male-dominated society, Sylvia Plath did herself growing up. Feminism was a big impact on women's life during the nineteen fifties. Feminism is a strong theme in The Bell Jar since Feminism had a huge part in the nineteen fifties, Ted Hughes is a huge feminist in Sylvia Plath's life, Esther

  • The Bell Jar by Plath

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    therapy. Her novel, The Bell Jar, is almost a self-biography with the veil of fiction over the story of Plath’s own life being so thin that her mother fought its publication (McCann 1631). Nevertheless, Plath’s immense hard work paid off and it was published. Writing was Plath’s passion and when she wrote, her life became an enthralling story. Sylvia Plath’s late teenage years, time right after college, and time in the mental hospital were all influential in writing The Bell Jar. Being recognized as

  • Identity In The Bell Jar

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    Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar is a bildungsroman novel set in New York and Boston.The Bell Jar is a novel which presents feminism, mental illness, sexual double standards and the quest for identity. The Bell Jar itself is an isolated, cold, unbreakable glass and with this Plath is able to portray her mental suffocation and the social criticisms during the 1950’s. The Bell Jar represents Esther’s “madness” but also the madness of all women who are made of unrealistic ideas so are therefore trapped under

  • The Bell Jar

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    Sylvia Plath’s autobiography, The Bell Jar, tells the story of Plath’s own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, as well as her recovery and eventual reentrance into the outside world. The Bell Jar shows the transition of Plath as a young, hopeful girl into a cynical, suicidal woman. The main character whom represents Plath, Esther Greenwood, is first shown as an aspiring writer who is full of dreams and whose life is brimming with opportunities. As Esther becomes more and more depressed, Plath then

  • Depression In The Bell Jar

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    Issac Olson Mrs. Prokott Hour 5 14, December, 2016 Submitting To Depression. As knowledge makes its way through history, the perception between right and wrong alters in the looming shadow of it. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar features a character named Esther who suffered from a mental illness. Esther’s world is completely different to how someone in her position would be treated today. It is imperative to see that Esther’s depression is a part of the setting, due to the immoralities we can see using

  • The Bell Jar

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    The Bell Jar People's lives are shaped through their success and failure in their personal relationships with each other. The author Sylvia Plath demonstrates this in the novel, The Bell Jar. This is the direct result of the loss of support from a loved one, the lack of support and encouragement, and lack of self confidence and insecurity in Esther's life in the The Bell Jar. It was shaped through her success and failures in her personal relationships between others and herself. Through life

  • Depression In The Bell Jar

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    The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath, follows the life of Esther Greenwood and her coming of age, but it does not coincide with the standard teen development. Instead of experiencing the way of the world through a progressive education, culminating in an entrance into adulthood, Esther degenerates into depression. Experiences such as Esther’s first visit to New York City, her success in college, and her first marriage proposal, which are intended to be life changing in a positive sense, are upsetting

  • The Bell Jar Analysis

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    from a very young age, children and people alike are encouraged to have an idea for a plan for their lives. Often times what an individual chooses has a major impact on that person’s physical life as well as he or she’s emotional stability. In the Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, using the characterization of Esther and her mother, exposes the how women during the 1950s can often spiral into depression as a result of the harsh expectations that encompass them. Throughout history women have had the unfortunate

  • Motifs In The Bell Jar

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    In The Bell Jar, Plath uses the recurring motif of blood as a metaphor to signify Esther’s lack of conformity to the world around her. Esther states she dislikes blood by saying,“My trouble was I hated the sight of blood”(Plath 138). She can’t seem to conform to society’s standards and hates her inability to do so just like she hates blood. Her constant struggle to fit the expectations of others is very painful which is why it’s marked by blood in the novel. Esther spends most of The Bell Jar telling

  • "The Bell Jar" Themes

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    The themes in The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, are portrayed through Esther’s unique characteristics. Sylvia’s life experiences and personality contribute to these themes: growth through pain, the emptiness of conventional expectations, and the restricted role of women during the 1950’s. Esther must battle through several obstacles in order to move on with her life. She also feels like she does not fit in with society. Women’s role in society during this time also contributes to Esther’s qualities

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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    On January 14th of 1963, Sylvia Plath had finally completed The Bell Jar after approximately two years of writing. This novel could have been considered a partial autobiography, because the main character Esther Greenwood eerily represents Sylvia Plath. There are a number of references to Plath’s real life throughout the book, too many for it to be considered a mere coincidence. Within the story, Esther Greenwood considers and attempts suicide quite frequently. Could this novel have been foreshadowing

  • The Bell Jar Plath

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    “The Bell Jar” is a piece written by Sylvia Plath, and published under a pseudonym in 1963. In this novel, Plath expresses much of her internal conflict with society, and how she related to the gender roles of that time. The story, which many regard as autobiographical, awoke the interest of many interdisciplinary professionals when it overlapped the real life events that accompanied its publication. Sylvia Plath committed suicide in 1963, just a few days before the novel’s publication, after having

  • The Bell Jar Plath

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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath narrates a journey of introspection and the vanquishment of insanity. Esther Greenwood, the main character in Plath’s novel, is a praiseworthy character with commendable qualities. Her role in the story proves the theory that the good things you are given do not necessarily guarantee happiness, and that the real arbitration lies within. To reach this conclusion, Esther faced tribulations of everyday life and confronted them with unconventional methods. Her thoughts and

  • The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

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    authors who seek this understanding fall short of their expectations and find themselves questioning life to an even greater extent than they had prior to their endeavors. One example of this would be author and poet Sylvia Plath, whose novel The Bell Jar parallels the tragic events that occurred throughout her own life. This coming-of-age story follows the life of Esther, a very bright and introverted student from Boston. She spends a month in New York City as a contest-winning junior editor for