The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Analysis

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“Everything people did seemed so silly, because they only died in the end” (Plath 105). Sylvia Plath was a very talented writer who, even at a young age, wrote poems involving the sorrows of people’s lives. She based many of her writings on people and events from her own life. As seen in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and her other works, Plath uses people, such as her father, and events, like her mental breakdown, that occurred in her life during the mid 1900s to create her own confessional style of writing that focuses heavily on death and depression. Knowing what made Sylvia Plath become the great writer she was, one has to know about the things that went on during her life. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27th, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts …show more content…
For example, Plath used a grim tone throughout her writings because that is how she felt. Plath uses a vivid sense of imagery and mixed vocabularies in most of her poems. Her tone was never harsh, but rather one where she talked eye to eye with the reader, as equals. Her writings were also very autobiographical, meaning that what she wrote consisted of actual problems in her life. Some major themes in most of her works were depression and death. Another example that’s more specific is how Plath organized The Bell Jar into its chapters. The Bell Jar was published months before Plath committed suicide under the pen name Victoria Lucas. It was warmly accepted as one critic put, saying that it was “one of the few American novels to treat adolescence from a mature point of view…” ("Sylvia Plath” ¶12). The Bell Jar is narrated by nineteen year old Esther Greenwood of Boston. Esther moves to Manhattan to work as a student editor at a magazine. When she moves back home, she starts thinking of ways to kill herself and finally attempts suicide by swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills. She then is admitted into a mental hospital where she recovers with the help of her friends and doctor. In Plath’s novel The Bell Jar, she organizes the chapters based on Esther’s mental state. As the reader reads chapter after chapter, one can start to see Esther 's decline and …show more content…
As seen in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and her other works, Plath uses people, such as her father, and events, like her mental breakdown, that occurred in her life during the mid 1900s to create her own confessional style of writing that explains her focus on death and depression. I personally loved the novel The Bell Jar because you could really tell that the character Esther was going on a downward spiral. The writing was very detailed, which made me able to picture the things that Esther was doing. I don’t know if I could’ve handled what Plath did during her

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