The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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The Bell Jar by: Sylvia Plath Depression is a serious topic throughout the world, especially in America. Depression can result in someone feeling completely alone. There is no direct cause for depression in adolescents, but it can be brought on by the maturing process, stress from failure in some sort, a traumatic or disturbing event such as death, or even a break up. Sure, everyone has an off day here and there, where they feel like they shouldn’t even bother getting out bed in the morning, but to feel this way day in and day out is something most don’t experience. The Bell Jar is a very accurate and helpful tool to see what deep depression is like for someone, their thought process, and the actions they feel obligated to take when they…show more content…
“When I was nineteen, pureness was the great issue. Instead of the world being divided up into Catholics and Protestants or Republicans and Democrats or white men and black men or even FALL LITERATURE REVIEW: THE BELL JAR 2 men and women, I saw the world divided into people who had slept with somebody and people who hadn’t, and this seemed the only really significant difference between one person and another. I thought a spectacular change would come over me the day I crossed the boundary line” (Plath, 82). Society says that she will remain a virgin until she marries. She wants to defy conventional expectations by losing her virginity with someone she does not intend to marry, even if that means risking getting pregnant or ruining her own name. She finds it difficult to acquire this sexual identity and the men in her aren’t much help either. Buddy Willard, who had plans to marry Esther, has very traditional views on the roles that men and women should play in a marriage, and then has an affair with a waitress. Esther deems him a hypocrite and decides she can’t marry him. An acquaintance of Esther’s is repulsed by sex, and Marco, a man Esther goes on a blind date with, tries to rape her. When Esther loses her virginity, she doesn’t feel change she expected to feel, but she is satisfied in some ways. Esther acknowledges this gap that exists between what society says her
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