The Bell Jar Essays

  • Bell Jar Symbolism

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    the novel The Bell Jar as well as background information on the author Sylvia Plath, the quote “I 've gone around for most of my life as in the rarefied atmosphere under a bell jar", (Litlovers, 2016), is the primary meaning of the novel’s titular. One of the most significant metaphorical devices Plath employs is symbolism. The main character, Esther often refers to a bell Jar, where it takes on its own negative persona in the book. A bell jar is most commonly known to be a glass jar; mainly showcasing

  • Tragedy In The Bell Jar

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    The Bell Jar Psychological distress is the main theme in Sylvia Plath’s, The Bell Jar. Esther Greenwood, the main character, suffers from severe depression. The story is about the psychological turmoil in a young woman’s life. Her depression is fueled by her lack of confidence, her relationship with her mother , and several failed suicide attempts. Esther Greenwood is a college Junior. She lives in New York during her one-month long internship at a fashion magazine. She works hard

  • The Bell Jar Plath

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    In Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar, she depicts a conflict of inner world and reality of the main character, Esther Greenwood. This conflict is represented by different ways, which all reflect the symbol ‘bell jar of madness’ in Esther Greenwood’s life. In order to illustrating and change of Esther’s mental world, Plath describes Esther’s life experience in New York City during her internship and after she comes back to Boston. Besides, within different life experiences, Plath also uses the relationship

  • Analysis Of The Bell Jar

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    The Bell Jar Interpretations of Esther’s True Feelings While reading The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel written by Sylvia Plath, interpretations towards the main character, Esther, were made. Although Esther is diagnosed with depression, she does not seek help. Esther does not want a normal life. The life Esther lives is controlled by her mind, and her mind refuses to believe that there is happiness in the world. Esther does not renege on her beliefs and continues to believe that there is

  • Depression In The Bell Jar

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    The Bell Jar The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical account of the life of the author, Sylvia Plath, and her struggle with mental illness. The main theme in the novel is mental distress. Esther Greenwood, the main character, suffers from severe depression, and the depression she experiences, is caused by her lack of confidence, the relationship she has with her mother, and her failed suicide attempts. Esther Greenwood is a college junior, living in New York. She has a one-month

  • The Bell Jar Analysis

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    The Bell Jar is the only novel published by Sylvia Plath, an American writer and poet. It was originally published under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas” in 1963 and was claimed to be semi-autobiographical, with only the difference in names and places. Robert Scholes from the New York Times Book Review on The Bell Jar- ‘It is a fine novel, as bitter and remorseless as her last poems… The world in which the events of the novel take place is a world bounded by the Cold War on one side and the sexual

  • Glass Bell Jar Analysis

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    under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.’ Plath’s allusion casts Esther in the hellish realm of her own mind, a ‘glass bell jar’, forced to watch the world revolve around her when she needs their acceptance the most. The fragmented structure we see in this line through

  • The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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    “IT WAS A QUEER, SULTRY SUMMER, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” This is the first sentence of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. This autobiographical book follows the life of Esther Greenwood, she wins a junior editor on a magazine and goes to New York for a month and works for a woman named Jay Cee. She doesn’t know why she is in New York because she is not having the fun she should be. Her along with eleven other girls are living in a woman’s

  • Analysis Of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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    before her suicide in 1963, when her clinical depression she dealt with for most of her life was unbearable. The same year she published her novel The Bel Jar, which is considered to be semi-autobiographical. This paper discusses the references Sylvia Plath makes to The Bell Jar and the parallels between “Lady Lazarus” and the protagonist of The Bell Jar Esther Greenwood. Very significant for the poem is its title “Lady Lazarus”. Lazarus of Bethany is a biblical character featured in the book of John

  • Symbolism In The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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    The Bell Jar, written by the Sylvia Plath, follows Ester Greenwood’s decent into and recovery from madness. Esther is a young and brilliant writer, whose ambitions are stunted by a crippling depression. Plath, through Esther, describes an outlook on reality that is distorted by mental illness through the symbolism of the fig tree and the bell jar. Indirect characterization of Esther also gives a perspective of this distorted reality. Though she wants to move forward, her state of mind holds her back

  • Isolation In The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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    The Bell Jar While New York City is a city of hopes, dreams, fame, shining lights, and parties, Sylvia Plath, the author of The Bell Jar, explains that is not the case for her main character, Esther. Plath replaces the glamour of New York City with isolation; therefore, the title is a direct representation of Esther’s mental suffocation. Esther also demonstrates the difficulty of a teenage girl attempting to chase her dreams, but ultimately gets confused and emotional about what she wants to do with

  • Analysis Of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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    Pressures from society and those around you can feel like a bell jar hovering over you. In the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, pressures from society and self doubt lead a bright young female college student with loads of opportunity to fall into depression and eventually insanity. The main character, Esther Greenwood, battles with what society wants her to be as a woman and as a person in the 1950’s. When Esther is presented with a prestigious scholarship program for journalism in New York

  • Who Is A Parallel Character In The Bell Jar

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    Many times authors choose to make characters, like Esther Greenwood from the novel the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, dynamic to display their internal struggle to make decisions based off of personal principles. Esther is misguided by society and the people around her, and only wishes to express who she really is. She is unable to do this because of the lofty standards for women of the 1950s, the choices of her mother and co-workers, and the invisible constraints of her own mind. Continuing throughout

  • Life And Life In The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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    dreams and aspirations. Esther Greenwood, a journalism student, is no different. Her story includes her mental breakdown, falling into the grip of insanity and struggles in keeping up with her life. In the late 1950s until the early 1960s, “The Bell Jar “is the first and only novel written by the American poet and writer Sylvia Plath. Since the author was concerned about the relationship and closeness of her life into the novel, as it contains many references to real people and events in her life

  • Gender Roles In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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    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

  • Critical Analysis Of The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a semi-autobiographical novel in which Plath relays her own experiences through protagonist Esther Greenwood by highlighting the struggles she faced in navigating societal expectations, depression, and her own desires. Having spent time in college and later in multiple mental health institutions, Plath tells her story through Esther in a way that blends fiction and reality. Through Esther, we see Plath’s own interpretations of her triumphs, failures, values, and the

  • Essay Comparing A Room Of One's Own And The Bell Jar

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    critiques on social structure. The essay A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf makes an influential claim that a woman’s identity as lesser than a man’s in society prevents her from the opportunity to fill her role as a writer while the novel The Bell Jar written by Sylvia Plath describes a woman’s struggle to reconcile with her expectations as a woman in the 1950s. Both pieces make a statement about the impact of identity and its influence on the women faced with the consequences of these societal

  • War Made Us Equal In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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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

  • Catcher In The Rye And The Bell Jar Comparison Essay

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    excellent examples of this movement are The Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar. Both of these novels deal with a coming of age

  • Satire Scene In The Bell Jar

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    Shubkaran Kaur 100129968 Professor Crystal Hurdle English 103-02 March 18, 2018 Why Might the ‘The Bell Jar’ be Dubbed as Black/Dark Comedy? ‘The Bell Jar’ is a classic novel by Sylvia Plath which revolves around the character Esther Greenwood who falls into spiral of craziness and loses control of herself while she is in the pursuit of establishing her career. Her depression in the novel and struggle to explore herself not only makes the novel effortlessly interesting, intense