Sylvia Plath 's The Bell Jar

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In Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar, Plath expresses her opposition to the idea of men having complete control over every aspect of women’s lives by utilizing the narrator Esther; a radical feminist, to speak out against conformity in a society run by men. Esther represents everything controversial about domesticity in the twentieth century. Throughout the novel she touches on taboo subjects such as radical feminism, rape, and resistance of patriarchal dictates, all of which were touchy topics to speak out about for women of this time period. From the beginning of the novel Esther is constantly torn between what defines her as an individual and what she should conform to because that is what society expects of her as a woman. Esther has a pessimistic outlook on domesticity and despises the idea of playing the role of a helpless puppet that a man holds the strings to. She is not completely against the patriarchal dictates placed on her gender but instead wants to put her own twist on the part she will inevitability be forced to play one day.
Sylvia Plath’s personal views on domesticity shine through in narrator Esther Greenwood, Esther’s lack of maternal instincts and her desire of freedom from a man’s possession are critical points when examining Esther’s choices. Within the novel there are several mentions of motherhood as well as Esther’s lack of material instincts. During the hospital scene, when Esther witness’s childbirth she is told by a male doctor before the birth
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