The Bell Jar Quick Abstract

Summary: By way of the character of Esther in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, this essay investigates the struggle of middle-class white women coming of age in Fifties America to realize customized identities. The Bell Jar has a contented ending insomuch as the protagonist decides to desert her previous thoughts of suicide and goes back to school. And, as cases of violence towards ladies in Steubenville, Ohio, and at Notre Dame University (the place freshman Lizzy Seeberg dedicated suicide after being sexually assaulted) clarify: Plath’s story continues to speak to women as a result of the conditions that produced it are all too acquainted within the present.

At occasions she seems to admire and even envy Esther – she’s saved all of the newspaper articles about Esther’s disappearance, for example – but typically also appears to feel very competitive together with her – she brags about getting a letter from Buddy, for example. Jordan finishes her story by saying that when Nick came to dinner with Daisy and Tom is the first time Daisy had heard the title Gatsby in all these years – and he or she realized that he was the same Gatsby she had known in Louisville.

Of all of the authors I read at that time, Plath resonated most deeply, reminding me of another doomed heroine, Marilyn Monroe. The purpose of this study is to depict the central character’s, Esther Greenwood, alienation and to explain how Esther Greenwood copes with her alienation in Sylvia Plath’s (más…)

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