The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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The bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a bildungsroman fictional novel, and documents a first person account of Esther Greenwood’s struggle with depression from her late teens to early twenty’s. During Esther’s final path of destruction, her encounter with Marco leads her to one of many revelations about societies expectations for women and this reality along with many other factors sends Esther to her near demise. Before Esther’s encounter with Marco she was experiencing life in New York through many different perspectives. She struggled to decide if she was going to conform to social expectations for women, or pursue her dream of becoming an author like the women she was working for at the magazine. Esther contemplates back and forth the two different lives that are seemingly ahead of her, but although she wants to be her own woman she is still bothered by the fact that society thinks she needs a man as in the quote “What a man is is an arrow into the future and what a woman is is the place the arrow shoots off from” (Plath 72) which was often quoted by Mrs. Willard. Esther finds it hard to drag herself away from societies expectations. She later quotes, “ The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself…” (Plath 83) Up to this point, Esther has said she does not want to get married, but she seemingly is bothered by the fact that she has yet to meet

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