Then, she discovered that Buddy Willard was not a virgin. After her first shock treatment with Dr. It was highly acclaimed by critics. There were very few role models visible of women who did not conform to the norm. In spite of several extraordinary similarities in terms of influential characterization and emotive themes, both novels are diverse as far as their respective style, structure and setting is concerned. Plath managed to instill a sense of powerful honesty and brevity of expression which anchors the novel to real life.
Esther Greenwood feels that she is trapped under a bell jar, which distorts her view of the world around her. In 1962, Plath had a second child. Nolan, she thinks her reflection is another woman in the room. It renders her useless of her greatest skill, writing. In the 1950s when the novel was set, women were held to a high standard: to be attractive but pure, intelligent but submissive, and to generally accept the notion of bettering oneself only in order to make life more comfortable for the significant male in her life.
The enormous pressure to conform to social standards - of femininity, for example - results in the suppression of individuality. Esther is faced with the thought of not being what she should be. She is moved to his mental asylum, where she suffers through electroshock therapy for the first time. It was as boring as going to the toilet. At first, she simply refuses to wash it, but eventually she tries to be rid of it altogether by plotting her own suicide.
Esther slowly starts her road to recovery, but a friend she has made at the hospital isn't so lucky. The girls at her college mock her studiousness and only show her respect when she begins dating a handsome and well-liked boy. Nolan, a progressive female psychiatrist. In The Bell Jar, the main character uses the bell jar as the primary metaphor for feelings of confinement and entrapment. Societal Pressure A great deal of the novel concerns the expectations that others have for Esther with regards to behavior and her future, as well as the expectations that Esther has for other.
The hospital is organized on an ascending scheme from illness to health, from Wymark to Caplan to Belsize and then back to the world. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Free BookNotes Online Book Summary All Content Copyright©TheBestNotes. Suddenly she was off her track. The Bell Jar is a feminist novel, not because it was written by a feminist, but because it deals with the feminist issues of power, the sexual double standard, the quest for identity and search for self-hood, and the demands of nurturing. Most of the other young women are either mothers or secretaries. For a novel about mental illness, very little of the pain of struggling through emotional troubles is given.
Middle In The Bell Jar Esther thinks that Buddy should alsohave been a virgin since he acts innocent as if he was, and she got very angry when she found out he was not. Some of the hospitals in which Esther stays are frighteningly sanitized and authoritarian. First, she was given electric shock therapy, then she disappeared, then she reappeared to be hospitalized and treated. Esther understands that she is not cured. After her evening with Doreen and Lenny, Esther fails to recognize her own reflection in the elevator doors. Their trial and execution were treated in the lurid detail of the raunchiest scandal magazine. No further distribution without written consent.
Having won a competition to guest edit a magazine, she travels to New York. She made me feel I was that much sharper than the others, and she really was wonderfully funny. However, this does not mean the novel is not without its own merits. Esther reflects often on the differences between men and women as well as on the different social roles they are expected to perform. She observes that many people seem very similar to her, particularly those who have gone through similar troubles and are staying at the physicatric institution. Gordon, Esther feels harassed by the doctors surrounding her.
Women were also expected to be the guardians of chastity. The figurative language she uses is incredibly rich and original and feels simultaneously apt and bizarre. This would come with the feminism of the 1980s. The novel is also an indictment of the sometimes inhumane practices of the psychiatric profession at the time. The novel is critical of a psychiatric practice that seems to have no other purpose than to turn its female patients into Stepford Wives. Usually I had all these plans on the top of my tongue. Thus, Plath skillfully connects the theme of feminism and mental health in her novel The Bell Jar.