The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath And The Catcher Of The Rye

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People often inquire who they are; when asked a question such as this one, they hesitate. They consider every possible answer, despite their response being so obvious. A person is made up of three major parts- their personality, the cultures that mold their personality, and their dreams. These three components are analyzed within the novels, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. These themes contribute to the evolution and demolition of characters, leading to events that create thrill within the two.
In the novel, The Bell Jar, the prime character, Esther Greenwood, struggles to handle life in her own skin. She feels trapped in a glass bell jar with no escape because of her incapability to comprehend herself. For example, in chapter one Plath states, “‘My name 's Elly Higginbottom,’ I said. ‘I come from Chicago.’ After that I felt safer. I didn 't want anything I said or did that night to be associated with me and my real name and coming from Boston” (Plath 11). In this quote, Esther alters her life story demonstrating her lost sight of her true identity. In addition, Greenwood talks about losing control over her life as a wicked cloud rolls in, shadowing her every move. To further explain, Greenwood voices, “Only I wasn 't steering anything, not even myself. I just bumped from my hotel to work and to parties and from parties to my hotel and back to work like a numb trolleybus. I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other…

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