Book summary the bell jar

Just as this novel gives way to feminist discourse and challenges the way of life for women in the s, it also gives a case study of a woman struggling with mental health.

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Esther becomes increasingly depressed, and finds herself unable to sleep. Jay Cee claims that Esther wants to be everything, and Esther finally decides to be a poet, but during the shoot Esther breaks down into tears.

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But Esther only seems to be improving, although she has great doubts about her future. I went into the novel knowing that Plath was a poet and felt that at first the book was just another form of her poetry and her showing off her writing abilities. However, Esther finds one morning that Dr. Though Esther knows she should be enjoying herself, she feels only numb and detached from the old ambitious self that her boss, editor Jay Cee, tries to motivate. Nolan, Esther has learned to embrace her independence as a woman and shake off the stifling social expectations she used to feel constrained by. Esther tells Dr. Nolan, a female psychiatrist who understands Esther far better than Dr. In a very dramatic episode, the newspapers presume her kidnapping and death, but she is discovered under her house after an indeterminate amount of time.

Joan takes Esther to the hospital, for she is hemorrhaging. She struggles to write a novel and becomes increasingly despondent, making several half-hearted suicide attempts.

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He is a "very well-paid professor of mathematics" and invites Esther to have coffee, which leads to her having sex with him, which leads to Esther having to go to the hospital to get help to stop the bleeding.

Gordon, he suggests to her mother that Esther would benefit from elctro-shock therapy. When I first started reading the book I was a little put off, feeling it was an extremely pretensious novel.

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