Analysis Of Sylvia Plath 's ' The Bell Jar ' Essay

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This essay assesses the concept of madness and the way it is presented. It shows the character’s way through her mind and slow descent into the madness.

Plath is critical of society throughout the story and comes to the conclusion that mental illness is responsible for Esther’s fall into an emotional state. In The Bell Jar, the human mind is tested against the society and its strict expectations. Through the use of symbolism and first person point of view, Sylvia Plath portrays a society whose repressive views towards women,
(Esther Greenwood), forcing to go through a rebirth born out of madness.

In this novel, Esther 's father died when she was nine, and she hasn 't been happy since then; "I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old". This could play into her issues with men. She was never really exposed to how men acted as she grew up so now she has problems identifying with the men in her everyday life.It showes how deep the trauma of her father’s death must have been to keep her from being happy for the following ten years this is also shown in one of the Plath’s poems ‘Daddy’. This realisation pushes her mentally over the edge.

At the very start of the novel Esther says “I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullaballoo”. Esther within this context identifies herself with the eye but the nature of the storm is…

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