Pressure On Women During The 1950s Essay

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Pressure on Women in the 1950s Can Lead to Depression
In the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath the nineteen-year-old college student, Esther, wins guest editorship at a fashion magazine called Ladies’ Day. Although she seems to be living her dreams in New York, her plans unexpectedly change. Plath uses the magazine, relationships with men, friends, marriage, and her mother to illustrate that social pressure on women in the 1950s could lead to depression.
Plath shows how Esther’s job at Ladies’ Day, the magazine company, puts pressure on her as a worker and causes her to question her future in the workplace. In Jennifer Dunn’s article, “Literary Contexts in Novels: Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’”, she states, “The magazine’s editor, the dynamic ‘Jay Cee,’ demands Esther’s ambition, but Esther realizes she lacks real drive” (Dunn). This shows that when Esther is questioned about her ambitions and future she is confused and realizes she has no drive for her future anymore. This confuses her because she has a strong passion for writing. One afternoon Esther is asked to go back to Jay Cee’s office. Jay Cee questions Esther, asking her, “‘What do you have in mind after you graduate?’” (Plath 32). Although Esther is a smart girl, she realizes as she speaks that she truly does not know what she wants to do. She also needs to figure out what her place is in the world. In Janet McCann’s article “The Bell Jar”, she explains that, “To the eyes of Esther, coming to New York as the winner of a…

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