The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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Identity is fragile and is a characteristic that every person must discover without hiding behind inexperience’s and excluding themselves from the outside world of reality or else their own personal bell jar will suffocate them alive. The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel written by Sylvia Plath portrays how a young woman with too many identities and unrealistic expectations overwhelms herself to the point that she contemplates and attempts suicide multiple times. Esther Greenwood, a young college student struggles to find her identity as she hides behind her good grades and scholarships, denies rejection, tries to seek a man only for intimacy, and all while trying to become a famous poet. Unbeknownst to Esther, the absence of her true identity presents the majority of her problems in her life, in her developing poetry and writing career, and more importantly, her sanity. Esther focuses too much of her energy on what she does not like about her life instead of the positive things her life possesses, causing the bell jar to shut out reality completely. Esther Greenwood is a very serious, focused individual who slowly descends into a mental illness. She is a disciplined student, receives a college scholarship, wins various awards, and most prestigiously, is one of twelve girls out of thousands, who is accepted into an internship at a New York fashion magazine based on an exemplary writing sample, yet she is still unhappy. Thus she begins her downward spiral of

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