The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Essay

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I bought the audio book for The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which was narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal. The bell jar she refers to is a metaphor of how she feels suffocating, stewing in her own “sour air”. (Plath, S.) She also refers to the bell jar as something many people around her seem to have that are in denial, perhaps not even just in their own madness, but about everything. In chapter 7 Esther bring up feeling inadequate. (Lit Charts) Esther doesn’t seem to recognize her own accomplishments. In my opinion that is exactly how Sylvia Plath, the author, was. No matter what she accomplished she was stuck in her own depression and didn’t see how amazing of a writer she truly was. She was focused on what she was not more than what she was. She once felt very ambitious and had a plan and now she looks at herself as unmotivated and unsure about her own future, just as Plath herself. Unlike Plath, Esther is about to get out of the asylum, hopefully. However, I don’t see Esther as ever fully getting out of the bell jar that suffocates and confines her, just as it had Sylvia until she killed her.
In January 1963 Plath published her first and only novel and a month later killed herself by putting her head in her oven with just the gas on. (Latson, J) Some blamed her husband for leaving her, some blamed her father for being a tyrant and some blamed poetry for her suicide. After not only reading about her and watching the movie, “Sylvia”, my opinion is that she tried to find relief…

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