Rhetorical Analysis Of The Bell Jar

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Essential and effective rhetorical strategies, used repetitively throughout by Plath, was simile and metaphor. With the use of these strategies, the reader was able to sincerely understand the complexity and obscurity of Esther’s mindset. For example, Plath creates a very straightforward statement in the form of a simile to capture Esther’s emotions in that exact moment in time “I felt like a hole in the ground”. This certain sentence was meant to express Esther’s feelings, which during this point of the book, was as if she literally did not exist, as if she was inferior to her surroundings, the largest of holes. Gradually as a reader continues on, it’s apparent Plath constructs similes to match with Esther’s negative feelings, especially on her…show more content…
Esther’s abrupt shift in mood thoroughly captures how the tiniest conditions can have a lasting effect. In The Bell Jar, Plath consistently writes Esther’s character and being as independent, hence, leading Esther to be more on her own with tasks. She does not believe in having other people in her life, solving or controlling anything. Esther’s constant independent characteristic resulted in different desires, passions, and arrangements for her future, than most other people in her life. As Buddy attempted to talk to her about marriage and love, the two always had opposing viewpoints on the matter. “I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a fourth of July rocket”. Plath portrays Esther as wanting trepidation, solely by herself. Not married, or looking after a child. The achievement of having an eternal response on the readers part was high, because the comparison of a fierce independence woman to a rocket made an
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