The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Essay

1388 Words Nov 25th, 2016 6 Pages
The idea of maintaining an idealistic image of what a woman should be can be daunting for many women. In the novel written by Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar is a feminist classic as it entails the struggle that the main character, Esther Greenwood, faces as she battles relationships, motherhood and the ideal image of women brought to her by the magazine internship she works at, all while slowly losing her sanity. Esther unravels and begins to show signs of her mental illness early on. High-class women and a fast-paced life due to an internship she had obtained with a high-end magazine surround Esther. With the help of a supposed feminine image that Esther is surrounded by, she unravels at the idea she must be the perfect companion and cater to a man for the rest of her life. Esther is also taken back by the idea of motherhood and is unsure if this is what she wants in life, despite the constant ideas of society telling her it is necessary for her to have children. Esther begins to contemplate what she really wants in life when she begins an internship with a magazine company in New York City.

Esther is supposed to be one of the lucky woman chosen to move to New York City, and begin an internship with a high-end fashion magazine where she is forced to live a lavish lifestyle, most people are envy of, however Esther did not see it that way. Plath writes, ““And when my picture came out in the magazine the twelve of us were working on- drinking martinis in a skimpy, imitation…

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