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  • Girl Interrupted vs. The Yellow Wallpaper

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    The main character in Susanna Kaysen’s, “Girl, Interrupted” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” are similar in the fact that they both were suppressed by male dominants. Be it therapist or physicians who either aided in their mental deformities or created them. They are similar in the sense that they are both restricted to confinement and must endure life under the watchful eye of overseers. However similar their situations may be, their responses are different.      In

  • Mental Illness In The Bell Jar

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    decision for her to go to McLean Hospital was based on a twenty minute conversation with a psychiatrist. Kaysen had been picking at her acne and been acting out in ways which would not be considered unusual for teens today, but at the time it was a sufficient excuse for commitment to an institution. In an interview, Kaysen further develops the idea that her illness was influenced by outside factors saying, “ [Her] retrospective account of her confinement at McLean Hospital makes a cultural intervention

  • The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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    According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of the word “bell jar” is, “a bell-shaped usually glass vessel designed to contain objects or preserve gases and or a vacuum”. Sylvia Plath’s title, The Bell Jar, symbolically represents her feeling towards the seclusion and inferiority women endured trapped by societes glass vessel during the 1950’s. The Bell Jar, follows the life of Esther Greenwood, the protagonist and narrator of the story, during her desperate attempt to become a woman

  • The Bell Jar

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    The world is filled with an infinite amount of human possibilities; however, this spectrum of "infinite possibilities" can slim down to one because an individual can succumb to peer pressure. Their thoughts and actions are altered according to the respective environment they associate themselves with. They may or may not face the reality at one point in the future, but the chances for that are slim because naive minds are susceptible to adapt according to their surroundings. In other words, the individual

  • Themes And Symbolism In The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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    Sylvia Plath uses many literary devices to convey her purpose in The Bell Jar such as symbolism. The Bell Jar itself is used as symbolic representation of the emotional state Esther is in. The glass jar distorts her image of the world as she feels trapped under the glass. It represents mental illness; a confining jar that descends over her mind and doesn’t allow her to live and think freely. Symbols of life and death pervade The Bell Jar. Esther experiences psychological distress which is a major

  • Figurative Language In The Bell Jar

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    Human Isolation As the author of the book The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s writing can be associated with her real-life struggles. Living as a woman in the 50’s, Sylvia’s realities helped her paint a truthful picture of what it was like to be a woman with depression during this time. Although her openness to express her real-life struggle through text was remarkable, this topic of mental health and depression was unheard of at the time. Esther Greenwood, the main focus throughout The

  • Similarities Between Catcher In The Rye And The Bell Jar

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    Independent Essay Alienation is common throughout society in regard to adolescent youth and young adults. Many factors cause one to become alienated by their society and peers, including one’s sexuality and often times appearance. Novels such as The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger and The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, focus on the theme of alienation when considering their main characters, who readers are often able to relate to upon reading their stories. The novels, The Catcher in the Rye, by

  • Esther Greenwood In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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    In Sylvia Plath’s despondent book entitled The Bell Jar, Plath creates a character by the name of Esther Greenwood. Esther feels trapped inside society’s expectations but finds an escape every time she writes. Her love of writing has gotten her through the traumatic events of her childhood, such as her father’s death. When she applies to the writing school of her dreams and gets denied, she falls into a deep depression, and she feels as though not even writing can save her this time. After going

  • Who Is Esther Greenwood In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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    Depressions often personified as a villain that traps people and does not let them go. This is a claim most of its victims would agree with, especially Esther Greenwood. The Bell Jar, written by the Sylvia Plath, follows Esther Greenwood’s descent into and recovery from madness. Esther is a young and brilliant writer, whose ambitions are stunted by a crippling depression. Plath, describes an outlook on reality that is distorted by mental illness through the symbolism of the fig tree and the bell

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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    Sylvia Plath Research Paper Title The Bell Jar "place[s] [the] turbulent months[of an adolescent’s life] in[to] mature perspective" (Hall, 30). In The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath uses parallelism, stream of consciousness, the motif of renewal and rebirth, symbolism of the boundary-driven entrapped mentally ill, and auto-biographical details to epitomize the mental downfall of protagonist, Esther Greenwood. Plath also explores the idea of how grave these timeless and poignant issues can affect a fragile

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