The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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Esther Greenwood suffered through multiple difficult times that wore down on her mental state. She fell sick from food poisoning, was electrocuted through shock therapy, and underwent dangerous suicidal thoughts. Each time when she persevered through the pain, she emerged a stronger, newly-born person. In The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath uses plot development and characterization to illustrate that often times, painful experiences are necessary for a person to progress in life. Although Esther felt awful while she was suffering from food poisoning from the Ladies’ Day banquet, after the experience was through, she felt cleansed and reborn. The night she was sick, she described it as awful and that “after each wave it would fade away and leave me limp… and then I would feel it rising up in me again, and the glittering white torture-chamber tiles… closed in and squeezed me to pieces” (Plath 44). After the whole ordeal was over, she felt “purged and holy and ready for a new life” (Plath 48). After suffering through hours of sickness, most people would feel dirty and exhausted after it’s all through. Esther, on the other hand, feels clean and pure. After going through a painful experience, she feels like she’s a whole new person. Going through the pain lead her to be stronger, at least mentally, which contributes to the theme of being stronger after pain. When Esther tried to end her life by overdosing on pills, she describes the experience of being found and rescued in a manner

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