The Feminist Discourse Of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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that can be replaced as easily as the kitchen mat that represents the insignificance of Mrs.
Willard (Bonds 54). Esther only manages to free herself temporarily. She feels better at the moment, but The Bell Jar is still hanging over her head. She has not succeeded in fulfilling her aspirations but instead learned how to live in the world of her time, gained control and confidence in her decisions and came to terms with her complicated personality. This outcome can be considered an important achievement and a kind of liberation.

Atwood’s Surfacing appears to be less ambiguous than the other two works. Giving up her sanity exempts the Narrator from the bounds of civilization, its conventions and demands, and allows her a more profound access
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