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  • The Bell Jar Plath

    The Bell Jar is written by Sylvia Plath and published by William Heinemann Limited in London in 1963. This is the only novel written by American author and poet Plath and was first published under the name Victoria Lucas. This semi-autobiography based in New York City in 1953 tells the story of Esther Greenwood and her journey in the city and road down depression. Plath focuses on theme such as restricted roles of women in the 50’s in America and with sub-themes like success equals career. Esther Greenwood is from the suburbs of Boston that won a summer internship at a magazine called Ladies Day. Her and eleven other college ladies had specific schedules that include work, fashion events and parties. There she meets good girl Betsy, reckless and careless Doreen and Jay Cee Greenwoods hardworking manager. I think each of these characters…

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  • Bell Jar Metaphor

    The technique of metaphor itself is one of repression as it is an imposition of a particular constraint as it is as way of saying something to mean something else without saying it directly. Thus, this metaphor could be a way of Plath critiquing society because of the way it represses women. It portrays how stifling society is for women to try and pursue what they want and Esther seems to be thankful that she has been able to escape the bell jar around society and start a new life that is not…

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  • Sexism In The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar was written around the 1950’s and 1960’s, when women were expected to adhere to specific societal norms. Often, these norms included being a mother of children, staying at home cleaning or cooking, and being an obedient wife. Society placed high importance, along with these expectations/behaviors, on the women while they were at home or in public. Society accepted women who met all these factors. Esther, a character in The Bell Jar, and Sylvia’s autobiographical figure, lacks all of…

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  • Depression In The Bell Jar

    Causes and Impact of Depression in The Bell Jar “The longer I lay there in the clear hot water the purer I felt, and when I stepped out at last and wrapped myself in one of the big, soft white hotel bath towels I felt pure and sweet as a new baby” (Plath 49). The aforementioned “purity” is attributed to transformation, the washing away of the dirt as she descends into a cleaner self. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar morphs this idea of sanity and purity twisting it to make us all question if a glass…

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  • Feminism In The Bell Jar

    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…

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  • Compare And Contrast The Bell Jar And The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Thelma and Louise (1999) are both similar in that they are both strong feminist texts, addressing and discussing the issues of women’s rights in early and modern society. To represent this issue, as well as others within the text, both employ the use of characterisation, the development of the protagonists, and themes. Characters in the two texts play an important role in expressing the limited freedoms and rights of women and the societal conventions they are…

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  • Bell Jar Personification

    Sylvia Plath, knowledgeable beyond her years, had many complications with her mental health as she grew up. This poem in particular was introduced to the public through a biographical introduction of her novel “The Bell Jar”. Through the villanelle structure, Mad Girl’s Love Song uses seemingly endless repetition, dark personification, and references to mythological creatures to touch base with the complications of the human mind, the toxicity of mental illnesses and disorders, and beyond…

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  • Women In The Bell Jar

    Pressure on Women in the 1950s Can Lead to Depression In the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath the nineteen-year-old college student, Esther, wins guest editorship at a fashion magazine called Ladies’ Day. Although she seems to be living her dreams in New York, her plans unexpectedly change. Plath uses the magazine, relationships with men, friends, marriage, and her mother to illustrate that social pressure on women in the 1950s could lead to depression. Plath shows how Esther’s job at Ladies’ Day, the…

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  • Gender In The Bell Jar

    For the duration of human civilization, women have been seen as the underlings of men, forced to maintain unrealistic expectations in order to please their alleged superiors. In medieval times, women were viewed as a source of reproduction and had no rights or independence. As society progressed into modern times, women gained some value as members of the community, but were extremely limited in many aspects of their lives. In the late nineteen-fifties, women were pressured into conforming to…

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  • Similarities Between We The Animals And The Bell Jar

    How Much Should the Author’s Life be Known Authors Sylvia Plath of “The Bell Jar” and Justin Torres of “We the Animals” both incorporated many of their personal life events and struggles into their debut novels. By incorporating their hardships into their literary work, the two books provide an extensive look into both of the author 's frustration and fanciful imagination. In “The Bell Jar”, the protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is first described as a studious girl who, through her education,…

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