Analysis Of The Book ' You Can See That Styron '

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In the book you can see that Styron believes that many factors might have contributed to the onset of his depression such as being prescribed Halcion for his insomnia which is contraindicated for those living with depression, as stated on Webmd, due to the fact that it was seen to cause “suicidal obsession” (p. 71). He also hints at the fact that he was unable to grieve completely for his mother’s death, another factor he has in common with Esther who was unable to grieve for her father. This fact of depression not being due to one cause is also relevant in the bell jar. Esther not only feels inadequate and different in comparison to others but is also influenced by the restraints placed on her by societal expectations. ‘’I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor… I couldn 't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” (p. 73). Esther’s sense of confusion is brought to life in her dream of the fig tree, which has so many figs, but she doesn’t know which to choose. To Esther all the choices she has in

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