Neither of them had any experience. It is probably this vacuum in American literature that made The Bell Jar's protagonist so popular. It shows that women have limited choices compared to men. Its almpst dissatisfying to her, she approaches it in a sarcastic manner. Society expects Esther to remain a virgin until her marriage to a nice boy, but Esther sees the hypocrisy of this rule and decides that like Buddy, she wants to lose her virginity before marriage.
. When she has sex with Erwin, she is not even sure if she has had sex, it is so fast. Thus, the good girls and the bad girls were classified and identified in terms of their relationship to men and society; they were not given value in terms of their own personalities, talents, and endeavors. The year is 1953, before the popularity of the birth control pill, before women's liberation, and before all the major social movements of the 1960s. Depending on a persons gender group, they were expected to follow certain rules and theories of living. Include some imagery and keywords used by Plath. In more current social terms, Esther would fall under the category of a transgender.
But this time, the therapy goes well under the guidance of Dr. Finally, she is a mental patient. Practical and traditional, she loves Esther and worries about her future, but cannot understand her. No wonder we are so sympathetic with this bright, sometimes charming, attractive, but victimized young woman. Guinea, and even Buddy and some of her girl friends, plus the institutions for mental health and the proverbial wheels of American good will — all these are trying to piece Esther back together again, in their image of what she was or should be.
The most important events of the novel are almost strictly drawn from Sylvia Plath's biography. Esther recieves proper medical treatment. Then something bent down and took hold of me and shook me like the end of the world. She quickly lost her admiration for him when she found out about his affair with a waitress over the past summer. When Esther is institutionalized and treated, she is, of course, not in charge of her own life at all.
Gordon subjects Esther to electroshock therapy, which only worsens Esther's condition. That's what makes Esther both a very modern and a very traditional American writer at the same time. The Bell Jar presents the atypical coming-of-age of the successful and magnetic Esther Greenwood. Esther is attractive, talented, and lucky, but uncertainty plagues her, and she feels a disturbing sense of unreality. She starts putting lot of weight on herself, lack of sleep for 20 days, and starts going crazy.
Ether gets a dream scholarship to work for a fashion magazine in New York. She disconnects herself from society and as her mind regresses; her hope of reaching sanity starts to diminish as well. So Esther, confused and scared, heroically struggles on, keeps up her grades, tries to be fashionable, and begins to play games. Both Sylvia Plath and her fictional counterpart, , lost their father at early ages and hail from the Boston area. He told her that once she gets married and have children, she would not want to write poems anymore.
The mirror evidently cannot be too silver, and if it was warped, it would not serve the purpose of a well-made mirror; so these thoughts that Esther has conjured up are all in her head. The medical perspective is from when she visits the hospital with Buddy and the details of that visit, it all ends in an agonizing birth that would make any woman fear giving childbirth. Throughout the novel, Esther struggles with finding herself in a society filled with uncertainty. Taking different perspectives, living through experiences and imagination all take a toll in how the world is visualized. With Constantin, she decides to let him seduce her.
There is clearly not much encouragement for women to be individual, to be different, and to be brave and daring. Sylvia Plath uses many symbols throughout The Bell Jar to represent various intangible concepts. Modern in her exposure of sexism in contemporary American society, her attempt to give a voice to women's desires, her criticism of the sometimes inhumane practices of the psychiatric profession, and her attention to American pop culture. She enjoys the pleasant country-club surroundings that she is sent to and develops a closeness with her psychiatrist, Dr. Esther was unsure of how her fiancee Buddy could lead a double life with so little compunction. Then Ethel Rosenberg is electrocuted. This occurs when Esther finds herself in the apartment as and Doreen prepare to have sex through violent foreplay that even suggests rape.
For some people, Esther's attempt at suicide would only underscore her basic selfishness, and her general insignificance to the world at large. She is deathly afraid of revealing her true identity, or her muddled identity, to anyone. There was shadow in bureau drawers and closets and suitcases, and shadow under houses and trees and stones, and shadow at the back of people's eyes and smiles, and shadow, miles and miles and miles of it, on the night side of the earth. Esther Greenwood: she is a college girl, a good student, a talented writer, and a fashion magazine contest winner; she is the well-bred oldest child in a typical family with two children, a clever games player, a semi-liberated budding intellectual, and a sexually confused late adolescent. Society expects Esther to be constantly cheerful and peppy, but her dark, melancholy nature resists perkiness. My mother's face floated to mind, a pale reproachful moon, at her last and first visit to the asylum since my twentieth birthday.