The Bell Jar : Esther 's Transformation Essay

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The Bell Jar: Esther’s Transformation Sanity is defined as the ability to think and and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health. Everyone is born sane. Even mental illnesses that are genetic, develop over time. Other mental illnesses are produced from things like stress, trauma, abuse, and alcohol or drug use. People react differently depending on the type of illness and how it was caused. They might hurt themselves or others. Eric Leuschner states “In many ways, the primary theme of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is that of illness. Over the course of The Bell Jar the main character, Esther Greenwood, changes dramatically as she descends into madness and receives treatment for recovery. In the beginning of this novel Esther seems to be reasonably sane. Her character however, does have some negative views about life. She is working as a guest editor for a fashion magazine with a group of girls in New York. Esther is not enjoying herself or having fun though. Proving so “I guess I should have been excited the way most of the girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react. 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 hullabaloo.” (Plath 2-3) From this we begin to notice that she depressed as she cannot find happiness in the amazing opportunity she has been given. This opportunity being something that she would like to pursue as a future career. She even goes on to say that she…

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