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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath relies heavily on shift in tone and topic to portray the ongoing descent into depression that is the basic story arch for the main character Esther Greenwood. Plath employs a large arsenal of techniques to convey the necessary shifts in the novel. One of the most obvious methods is a direct statement of shift by a character. The direct shift is combined with hints through typical behavior, such as crying. Plath also uses contrasting statements both through Esther…

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    Plath was largely recognized for her poetry, she also wrote a novel. The Bell Jar, published in January 1963, was not only reflective of Plath’s life, but also focused on the limitations…

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    Ariel, a collection of Sylvia Plath’s poems released in 1965 after her suicidal death, transmit melancholy and agony to anyone who reads it. This depression in her poems was caused after her husband, the poet Ted Hughes, left her for another woman. Plath’s writing style has always been criticized for being excessively autobiographical and because of her continuous suicidal suspicion. However, Plath has never been criticized for the irony of the poem “The Applicant” compared to the rest of her…

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    Consuelo Samarripa's Life

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    Her stories then shift to the nucleus of life in the west side Barrio to her grandmother’s house. Like the hub of a wheel, all family life came from it and especially in the kitchen where they gathered making tamales at Christmas and learning life lessons sitting around the table beneath the light fixture. “A light socket, a light bulb and a dangling string, so primitive yet heartwarming, it was a sure sign of home,” she wrote. The tales fluctuate from climbing backyard chicken coops and trees,…

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    The Power of the Epistolary Narrative: The Color Purple It is clear that Alice Walker’s “near death” experience as a child allowed her to become a “meticulous observer of human relations” (“Alice Walker (1944-)”). Becoming blind in her right eye at the age of eight seemed to aid her writing, allowing her to become very interested in how people interacted, but also enabling her to withdraw from others. Walker’s childhood seemed to further help her writing. She writes as if trying to…

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    The Bell Jar is about a story of a young, brilliant and enormously talented woman and her struggles as she grows up in a foreign country, America. This short autobiographical novel details six months in the life of its protagonist, Esther Greenwood and the events of Sylvia Plath's twentieth year; about how she tried to die, and how they stuck her together with glue. In the narrative's opening chapter, Esther, an over-achieving college student, is spending an unhappy summer as a guest editor for…

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    I was just playing my Thursday golf tournament, when Molly the mole arrived, totally exhausted. "You have to come right away, Oliver!" she said breathlessly. But I wanted to finish my game. What could be so important? "You have to see for yourself. It's very exciting!" Well, I was going to lose the game anyway, so I had a good excuse to stop early. After we left the golf course, Molly explained that, while digging a new tunnel, she suddenly had broken through a wall and had fallen into a…

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    Wendy In Neverland

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    While Wendy, as a mother, is respected as an authority, she is shut away from the adventure, separated from the boy’s adventures in Barrie’s book. She is underground, and rarely sees the outside; a literal placement of Wendy beneath the boys of the island to express her subordinate nature to the dominant patriarch: “Really there were whole weeks when, except perhaps with a stocking in the evening, she was never above ground,” (Barrie 41). Barrie’s emphasis on Wendy being the mother figure who is…

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    It started off as an ordinary day for Griffin Walker. He woke up at 6 a.m. like every morning and went to work. Before he left he gave his wife, Jen, and three kids a goodbye kiss. Griffin and his family lived in a very wealthy neighborhood with security cameras surrounding it. When he came home that afternoon he flung the door open expecting for his kids to come running up to see him but, it didn’t happen. A heavy silence filled the air. Griffin walked into the kitchen and saw a puddle of blood…

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    A mental illness can arouse in any human due to a plethora of factors. It can impair one’s behaviour, thinking, mood, perception, and social environment causing a person to emotionally deteriorate in their life. In The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Esther Greenwood’s mental illness is sparked by her father’s absence, her attempt to fit into society’s expectations, and her rejection towards forming intimate relationships. Esther’s initial spark to her depression is caused by her father’s absence…

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