The Bell Jar By Megan Matney
Abstract: Via the character of Esther in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, this essay investigates the battle of middle-class white women coming of age in 1950s America to realize personalized identities. Esther consistently thinks of herself of having no future after she was rejected from a writing program on the faculty she has at all times dreamed of going to. I learn The Bell Jar as a part of my 2017 Reading Challenge, in the class of a guide written by an creator utilizing a pseudonym. I blame my incapacity to weigh in on her writing myself as a symptom of a larger drawback of mine: poetry is severely underrepresented in my reading history, and Plath is foremost aÂ poet.
Esther’s despair consumes her, and he or she makes a number of half-hearted attempts at suicide. The imprisonment Plath lays naked in The Bell Jar was not merely that girls in mid-twentieth-century America have been under the boot of patriarchy. Beneath this usually brittle, sarcastic shell, however, you may nonetheless really feel young Esther’s ache and agony, notably as she wrestles together with her suicidal despair.
I thought The Bell Jar is perhaps an excellent place for me to start with Plath’s physique of work â€” I’ve read a ton more novels than I’ve read poetry, and I’ve even learn my fair share of J.D. Salinger, so I feel more confident forming an opinion on this work than on herÂ poetry. Plath states this most explicitly when Esther notes that she ought to have been havin 続きを読む