Analysis Of The Opening Line Of The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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The Girl in the Bell Jar
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn 't know what I was doing in New York" (1; ch. 1), the opening line of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, effectively sets the tone for both the life of Plath and the remainder of the novel. Plath 's depression and cynical outlook on life fueled the creation of many of her poems and novels, and particularly The Bell Jar in its autobiographical fictional genre. In this way, Sylvia Plath is able to more clearly display the disillusionment of the Modernist era in The Bell Jar as she showcases the harshly conforming expectations placed on women in the 1950s and their negative consequences on the psyches of these women. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts, to German immigrant, Otto Plath and American-born Aurelia Plath. Otto and Aurelia gave Sylvia Plath an early start in her venture to become an author through their own natural literary gifts and reverence for education (Critical Insights 13, 14). However, tragedy struck only nine days after Sylvia Plath 's eighth birthday when her father died of an embolism of the lung, an event that greatly affected Plath and is alluded to in several of Plath 's works, including The Bell Jar ("The Bell Jar" 23). After Otto Plath 's death, Sylvia Plath and her remaining family moved from the seaside inland to Wellesley, heavily impacting her imagination for the worse, but providing her with a far…

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