The Success Of The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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Ever since her suicide Sylvia Plath has become a well-known female author, her most famous piece of work being The Bell Jar. While the book has rose in popularity many argue that the sum of the reputation that the book holds is because of the story behind the author, and her own suicide. Yet, those who argue this fail to see how Plath is a revolutionary author for her time, through this piece of writing. The success of The Bell Jar is not held accountable to Plath’s suicide but on her actual writing, and how she speaks out on topics that authors of her time don’t usually write about such as having a feminist standpoint and on reaching insanity. Throughout the novel, Plath maintains the theme of feminism, making her main character, Esther, a feminist. She doesn’t believe that she needs a man to be successful or happy, which was an idea many women at the time thrived on. Path separates Esther and these women early on in the book saying how “…simply hanging around in New York to get married to some career man or other. These girls looked awfully bored to me,” (4). Continuing to separate herself from the status quo Esther states that she “hated the idea of serving men in any way,” (76). In her mind, a man holds a woman back from her own independent success. She makes this idea very clear by incorporating a husband in her envision of her imaginary fig tree. By having a single fig for a husband alone means that Esther feels as though a husband or any man will hold her back from

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