Differences In Sylvia Plath's War Made Us Equal?

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War Made Us Equal
It is the 1950s, post-war America, a young woman is lost between two worlds. Anyone who has ever read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar will know, and pity this girl, because much like the author herself, Esther Greenwood descends deeper into madness and depression, the longer she is left tangled between life paths. A traditional life, being a good wife and mother, or a modern life where she can follow her passion for poetry? For some readers, it can be hard at times to understand why she even has to make this choice. For others, they have long decided which way they would choose, and it took them about a minute. Why would anyone ever attempt to suicide over this, why is it so hard for her and not for us? The truth is, Sylvia lived in a time period where every preexisting rule in society was changing. It was not just her, no one knew which lifestyle was the correct one. The question on everyone’s minds was, will everything be back to normal when the impact of World War II is over, or will this war change our nation forever? The answer to this question was discovered quickly by historians, and financial experts. World War II became a crucial point in American history, not just because of its impact on the international image of the United States becoming associated with leadership and rationality (Sevier 6), but also for its effectiveness in improving the American socio-economic culture. The main financial growth sprouted from the war-boom in the economy that
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