I Am Reading Is The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Essay

1088 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
The novel I am reading is The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath which is about 19-year-old Esther Greenwood’s journey as she struggles with the search for her personal identity. The key conflict of the story is Person vs. Self. Her story begins in the setting of New York after landing internship at a women’s magazine for the summer. Everyday she experiences life of the one percent and is exposed to the finest clothes, foods and events. Although she is living a life that many girls would kill for, Esther is bored by it all and disassociates herself from most situations as they do not appeal to her. This causes the tone of the novel to be very detached and cynical. Having grown up in the suburbs of Boston, she is a stranger to the fast paced and extravagant life in the big apple. As she stumbles her way through the city, she looks back at her life before New York to her rocky relationship with her college sweetheart, Buddy Willard whom is the antagonist of the story. The theme of the first half of the novel is that a too high expectancy and restrictions placed on anyone can lead to a spiral into self-loathing and resentment.
Esther’s situation is one that many, including myself, find themselves in at least once in their lifetime. She suffers from the expectations society has for her about her career, life and body. Throughout the novel, she is told how her life needs to be going, from many different sources. This is usually by her mother who also continually pushes the notion that…

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