Commentary Essay for Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar.

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Commentary Essay for Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar.
Sylvia Plath? Have you heard of her? Well, Sylvia Plath is a well-known poet, novelist and author. Plath was born during the great depression influencing her writing style. At a very young age she lost her father and since then she began lose faith. She also became ambivalent about religion all throughout her life. Plath was a very smart student and was accepted into Smith College in America. During her stay in college she was accepted as an editor for a magazine, during she spent time in New York. Plath started to write the bell jar in which during this time she started to feel depressed. She tried electroconvulsive therapy but it did not work. She decided to commit suicide by overdosing herself but failed. Later on her life she then tries to commit suicide and then succeeded by inhaling gas from the gas oven and suffocated.

A lot of critics said that ‘The Bell Jar’ parallels Plath’s life and thus making them. The story a biographical fiction. The protagonist of the bell jar is Esther Greenwood. She’s a very fragile girl. However, she is indeed confused about everything around her. She tends to overthink a task or is either not contented with what she does. She is also emotionally unbalanced. Esther showed relevance to the author Sylvia Plath. Plath showed her traits through Esther. Somehow, as I inferred, Plath might have been keeping track her actions through Esther.

The Bell Jar was written during the great depression and was published on 1963. Therefore this gives the readers and idea that this took place in America during the great depression. Some parts in the story took place in New York. During the time Ester was in New York. The setting was a great influence on the story. During the 1960s, women started to become more liberal and they started to become more independent. Esther was crossed between being the old type of girl which Plath described as Betsy who was prude and innocent or the liberal...
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