The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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Esther’s depression is a key factor in the development of her relationship with many characters in the novel, The Bell Jar. Esther is mentally and emotionally different than a majority of the people in her community. As a result of this state, she often has difficulty taking criticism to heart. Her depression continues to build throughout the novel as she remains in the asylum. It does not help that she has no aid from her loved ones. In the novel, The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath utilizes the relationships that Esther shares with Buddy Willard Mrs. Greenwood, and Dr. Nolan in order to emphasize the impact that they have on both exacerbating and remedying Esther 's debilitating depression.
Buddy Willard is one of the most prominent characters
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“I wished I had a mother like Jay Cee. Then I’d know what to do. My own mother wasn 't much help.” (Plath 39). Esther always values the opinions of her superiors, but her mother was never one of them. At one point, Esther declares passionately, “I hate her,” referring to her mom (Plath 203). She experienced a burning hatred towards her mom because her mother kept asking identical questions and expecting specific answers from Esther, which were often things that Esther disagree with.
Mrs.Greenwood has a substantial impact on Esther, and in fact was the biggest because of her role as a mother. If Esther 's mother would accommodate her daughter instead of maintaining her reputation, then maybe Esther would receive the love and care that she deserved as a child. Alternatively, Esther’s mother never makes a vigorous effort in order to understand how the doctor visits worked. “I knew my baby wasn 't like that. Like those awful people. Those awful dead people at that hospital” (Plath 145-146). Also, Mrs.Greenwood could never pick up that her daughter was going through some tough times; she simply believed that it was a phase that Esther would soon grow out of. “I knew you’d decide to be all right again” (Plath 146). Mrs. Greenwood’s choice of words and tone of voice are indicative of her feelings towards Esther’s seemingly acute illness.
Buddy’s impact on Esther was also great. Both Esther’s parents and Buddy 's parents agreed on them being together.

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