Abstract And Analysis Chapters 1

The Bell Jar takes place throughout the early fifties and begins in New York Metropolis, during a sultry summer in which the narrator, Esther Greenwood , is an intern at a trend journal after winning a scholarship. Esther Greenwood is a girl many people can relate to - trapped between the notions society nourishes about womanhood on one aspect, and by her own ambitions on the other. Esther even says she hates her mother (Plath, 1963: 203). Because the novel is written from Esther's perspective long after the actual occasions described within the novel, the cynicism is sometimes centered on Esther's own naiveté, as an older Esther views her youthful self's misconceptions about males and sex with self-deprecating humor.

The Bell Jar provides the reader the sense that Esther has, not less than momentarily, gained the ability to attain that coherence. Sylvia underwent electroshock therapy and disappeared after a suicide attempt, after which she was hospitalized for psychotherapy. Excerpted from Bell Jar Large Print by Sylvia Plath All...