Gender Roles In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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Sylvia Plath had a very tragic and short life. She was born in Boston on October 27, 1932 (Hall xi). Her father died when she was young which made her depressed. She becomes an English teacher in 1957. She was secretly writing an autobiographical novel called The Bell Jar. In 1963, she published the book and commits suicide (Hall 35). Her novel was based on issues such as culture clash and gender roles during her time period.
Sylvia Plath’s novel is fictionalized and records seven months in the life of Esther Greenwood, which is the main character of the novel (Telgen 34). She went on several dates and all of them failed. Esther met a rich guy who nearly raped her which made her go insane and visits psychiatrist, Dr. Gordon. She tries to commit
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Most women in the 1950s did not attend college (Telgan 40). She did not come from a wealthy family. In positive ways, Esther is fairly typical of other students such as white, education, and studious. Unfortunately, she is socially cut off from women with whom she has so much in common is one of the ironies in The Bell Jar (Telgan 42). Gender roles in The Bell Jar were really important to the character in the novel. Esther Greenwood thought women should have a husband that would help support their family in many ways (Telgan 25). Most women in the 1950s did not attend college to ultimately support themselves. Around that time women were expected to marry. As the novel continues, Esther did not want to feel left out because most women lost their virginity (Wagner 36). Esther soon did not care about getting married. She started caring more about losing her virginity (Wagner 38). Sylvia Plath did not have a happy life. She did not fit in with her culture clash and gender roles. It led her to become clairvoyant (Wagner 40). Plath wanted to fit in with everyone else but she never got the opportunity. She ended up killing herself for many reasons some were explained and some were not. Her final quote in The Bell Jar was, “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.” (Telgan 22) The significance of the quote is this is the last thing Plath also said when she had
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