The Allegory Of The Double Standard

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Introduction The allegory of the Double Standard Gender roles/ role playing Abuse of feminine creative powers The domestic ideal and symbolism of the bell jar The ironic coming of age and rebirth Color symbolism Manipulation between “personal experience” and variety forms of “artifice” Introduction Controversy over women 's place in society and feminism has long been lurking as early as the 14th century. American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath is the author of collections of highly acclaimed poems that highlight women’s roles in a culture principally dictated by patriarchal views. Although, she is mostly acknowledged for her novel, The Bell Jar, first published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel takes place in the 1950s, following the migration of American soldiers back to the states after serving in the World War II. Women during this time were expected to be the stereotypical housewife, viewed by men as being part of the American Dream, along with a house and the opportunity to start a family. They were deliberately forced to return to their domestic roles and capitulate the freedom that was so foreign to them before, however was greatly enjoyable. Esther Greenwood’s character gives prominence to the struggles women encounter, on account of Sylvia herself. “She told another friend that she thought of The Bell Jar ‘as an autobiographical apprentice work which I had to write in order to free myself from the past’, according to Lois
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