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    The Bell Jar

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    main character is in New York because of contest held by a fashion magazine. While in New York Esther tells about her life by the encounters she's had. She is a college student and is in the honors courses. The whole trip to New York had messed up Esters way of thinking. For example before she went to New York she had planed to finish college and become a poet or English professor, but now she had no idea. When Esther returned home she became very depressed. She wanted to disregard the whole New York

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    A Martyr of the Movements

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    for the rest of her life. In 1940, Plath’s father died and essentially robbed the children of a proper relationship with their mourning mother. The family moved inland where Plath focused on writing poetry until she began to attend Smith College in 1950. While at Smith, Plath received many awards in regard to the poetry that she had written. After winning the Mademoiselle fiction contest, the popular magazine offered Plath a place on their editorial board. While working with Mademoiselle, Pla...

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    Overall, Betty Friedan was a writer and women’s rights activist. After graduating “summa cum laude from Smith College in 1942” and completing her one year fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley for Psychology, Friedan “moved to New York to become a labor reporter.” She married and “after having her first child, she continued working;” however, she lost her job after she became pregnant with her second child and became a housewife. She became restless and eventually started freelancing

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    Boston Herald’s children section, at the age of eight, showed her early interest in poetry. Subsequent to her fathers death, Sylvia Plath’s family moved to Wellesley Massachusetts, where she continued the duration of her scholastic experience until college. Sylvia Plath could be described as an exemplary daughter and star student who earned straight A’s throughout her high school career. By 1950, Sylvia Plath had won “The Scholastic Art & Writing Award”, published her first story “And Summer Will Not

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    not want to drop all of it for a man. Writing was her passion and when she wrote, her life became an enthralling story. Her writing was influenced by the major events that happened in her life such as her early teenage years, her time right after college, and __________. Born October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, Plath _______Her interest in writing emerged at a young age. When Plath was in high school, she was recognized as gifted in writing and was editor of her school's newspaper. She even

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    Sylvia Plath and the Bell Jar

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    Sylvia’s mother collected her daughter’s achievements and praised her highly for them (Liukkonen). By 1950, she had been given a scholarship to attend Smith College and had hundreds of publications, which she would add to substantially in the time she spent at Smith (Gilson). Symptoms of severe depression began to plague Plath in her early years of college (Poetry Foundation). One of Plath’s short stories, “Sunday at the Mintons,” was published in 1952 in the magazine Mademoiselle while ... ... middle

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    Sylvia Plath

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    Sylvia Plath, one of the most dynamic and well-known poetry and prose authors of the twentieth century, accomplished many things before her untimely death. She is best known for her novel The Bell Jar and for the ability to draw readers in with her playful use of alliteration and rhyme when covering harsh topics, such as suicide and the human dread of dying. Her literary work was greatly influenced by her personal life, earning her many awards and critiques for her writing. Born October 27, 1932

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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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    displayed in The Bell Jar proves the novel to be “autobiographical” in a sense (Hall, 30). Sylvia Plath’s early adolescent years are told through the fictional scope of Esther Greenwood’s. Both Sylvia and Esther interned at a hip magazine company during college, where their depression took its roots. Both had fathers who died early in their lives, leaving permanent scars and an absence of a paternal caring figure. Esther regards her father’s death as “unreal”, refusing to even shed a tear at his funeral

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    The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is rich with an array of motifs, all which serve to sustain the novel’s primary themes. A motif particularly prevalent within the first half of the novel involves food, specifically Esther Greenwood’s relationship with food. This peculiar relationship corroborates the book’s themes of Esther’s continuous rebirthing rituals, and of her extreme dissatisfaction. The interrelation with food functions in two distinct manners: literally and figuratively. This

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    her teenage years. Her first publication was in the Christian Science Monitor, which was published right after she graduated from high school. Upon graduating from high school, Sylvia attended Smith College on a writing scholarship and continued to excel, publishing many works. When Plath was in college in 1953, her downward spiral began. The spiral started off when Plath’s writing internship was not what she expected it would be. Plath was more of a personal assistant than an actual writer.

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