This impacted the view upon the novel’s identity, the classification of what the novel truly is. Thus, the novel, The Bell Jar, not only had reviews of the way it was written before her name was revealed, but after, since the suicide of Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar, within the United States, was received as a novel that changed due to its republication. The critical reviews taken upon book reviewers and newpapers such as The New York Times, the counterpart, The New Yorker, The New Republic addressed the proclamation of Plath’s identity and her successful suicide attempt having an affect by the reviewing the literature. Though the novel
Cornelie Banguid Period 6 1/9/14 The Bell Jar Research Paper. Writing the bell Jar for Sylvia Plath was a hard thing to do but also familiar. Sylvia Plath’s own struggle with her depression made the writing of the Bell Jar “truthful. She did not exaggerate or lie about her experiences with depression, to make her illness look more dramatic. Sylvia Plath could alter everyday experiences into Books/ Poems, and make the readers truly connect with the characters and herself.
The Bell Jar is the first and only novel written by poet and writer, Sylvia Plath. Sylvia began writing the Bell Jar in 1961 and it was first published in England, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, in January 1963. A few weeks after the publication, Sylvia committed suicide. The Bell Jar was not released in America for many years out of respect for the author’s family. Although the novel did not receive much attention immediately upon it’s release, Sylvia’s untimely death created much publicity and a new level of interest for readers who saw it as a window into the late author’s life.
Sylvia Plath used her confusion to express her writing. She was known for her confessional style of her work, best known for her novel, “The Bell Jar”, and poetry collections. Sylvia Plath published her first book when she was twenty-eight years old. Sylvia Plath went through depression, soon later committed suicide. American novelist, poet, and artist, Sylvia Plath used her life experience to express her ideas on the search for identity, suicide and personal expression.
Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of The Bell Jar, was a promising young woman who had her whole life ahead of her. The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath, was set in 1953. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a bright nineteen year-old who was about to embark into adulthood and make her way to becoming a successful writer. Esther had everything that one could ever wish for, an above average IQ, a prestigious internship in New York City and she was enrolled in a college, which was rare for women at that time. However, things do not always go as planned and Esther found her life spiralling downwards as she began to display symptoms of major depressive disorder.
She is ambitious and intelligent but the weight of societal expectations, expectations of those close to her, along with her own self doubt cause her to go into the downward spiral of insanity. The Bell Jar, shows that pressures from society and self doubt are dangerous to a person’s mental health. The pressure of what a women should be, what opportunities to take, and her self doubt all become too much to grasp. Throughout the novel, Esther is falling into depression because of who society is telling her to be as a woman. Early in The Bell Jar, Esther introduces the reader to the boarding house she is staying during her internship in New York City.
In our lives, there is, whether we realize it or not, over a million different pivotal moments that lead to different things. At a young age, there is the fine line between becoming an introvert or an extrovert- living our lives in extravagance or happily alone. For Esther Greenwood, her pivotal moment led her to the act of conforming for society, hiding behind the title of magazine editor while contemplating suicide within. In her novel The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath explores the ideas of conformity and insanity all within two hundred forty four pages through her main characters, Esther Greenwood and Buddy Willard. Furthermore, her whole novel is a good reflection of Kate Chopin’s quote “That outward existence which conforms, the inward life that
In her novel, The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath uses diction and tone to juxtapose the internal strife a character may experience with an an external normalcy. Protagonist Esther Greenwood exemplifies the tear that can occur between society and one of its members. The repetition of the word and idea of death is prevalent throughout the novel, found a majority of the time within Esther’s internal dialogue, portraying that she is obsessed with death, but contains it in her mind to avoid others knowing.Her reason for her secrecy reveals itself to be fear of appearing outside society’s realms. She proves this when each attempted suicide takes places far from the presence of others, such as her basement or any empty beach. Experiences of losing control
The novel was first challenged in New York in 1980. Veron-Verona High School called it a “filthy, trashy sex novel.” It was accused of rude and graphic language, along with nontraditional values and sexual content a few times after 1980. The accusations are very slight, and in my opinion those are not valid enough reasons to ban this novel. There is nothing in the novel obscene enough to draw the message away. It pulled the curtains open in a different place for me to see during World War
2.3-Results and Discussion: The writer in The Bell Jar tries to prove that the woman is able to face the whole society and does what she wants. The woman has an ability to prove to the world her strength to achieve her desires. She does not accept the life which the society forced her to live in, but she thinks to make a better one. Although she faced many difficulties but she overcomes them. Sylvia Plath used the first person narration to prove that the woman is able to talk about herself.