the use of symbolism and characterization in form of social convention in patriarchy, quest for Greenwood’s identity and its impact, the bell jar symbol – proves that women are defined by social convention in patriarchal society in the Bell Jar. The story starts with a nineteen-year old girl named Esther Greenwood from Boston who has earned a summer internship at an eminent magazine publisher “the Ladies’ Days”. Being seen as a valuable chance to others, she is supposed to be having the time of her
1. Introduction Published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, The Bell Jar has aroused the interest of scholars all over the world. One of the most often discussed characteristics of The Bell Jar is its use of similes, metaphors, and symbols. Throughout The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath employs rhetorical devices to paint a vivid picture of its protagonist Esther. This essay will discuss how Sylvia Plath uses figurative language to represent Esther’s feelings of insanity, anxiety, and freedom.