Her father died when she was nine; while Esther wants to be a poet, her mother wants her to learn shorthand so that she will have a vocation to fall back on. Over the next several weeks, Esther is able to do little and slides into depression. She was 89 years of age. She returns to her hotel room and, one by one, drops her clothes and undergarments out of the window of her room. Esther considers becoming a Catholic, despite the religion's conviction that suicide is a mortal sin and the fact that she doesn't believe in life after death or the virgin birth. I thought it must be the worst thing in the world.
Chapter Thirteen: Along with and her boyfriend Mark, Esther goes to the beach with , a baby-faced blond boy Jody wanted Esther to meet. 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. A beautiful and caring woman, her combination of societally praised femininity and professional ability allows her to be the first woman in Esther's life she feels she can fully connect with. The novel explains how hard work and dedication to her studies helped Esther attain considerable success. After they have sex, Esther starts to bleed profusely. She attributes her success to the many hours she spent studying instead of hanging out with her friends. Depression can result in someone feeling completely alone.
Esther undergoes one treatment, a harrowing, painful experience that leaves her terrified of the procedure. Mole A red-haired patient at the hospital who has to be locked up for her erratic behavior. Esther Greenwood is a talented woman who becomes increasingly confused and disturbed as the story progresses. There is even the subtle indication that Joan attempted suicide to imitate Esther. Arrangements are under the direction of Benito Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel. Critical Insights: The Bell Jar.
She thinks she'd like to go to bed with him. Chapter Sixteen: Joan explains to Esther that she read about her in the paper and ran away. Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness. Hilda A tall, green-eyed girl, one of the fashion contest winners; she makes startling hats. There, she trips up one of the attendants who serves meals and spills the thermometer tray when a nurse isn't looking. While swimming with Cal, Esther tries to drown herself but finds herself unable. She and Esther meet in New York City, where Doreen tries to help Esther with clothes and men.
She has a college degree but spends most of her time housekeeping. Plath speaks through Esther's narrative to describe her experience of her mental health treatment. Esther begins to express her disillusionment with everything that has happened, as well as with the continuance of her pain. When Esther regains consciousness, the doctor tells her that her sight is perfectly intact, and brings her mother and brother in to see her. I wondered what terrible thing it was that I had done.
In July 2016, it was announced that would be making her directorial debut with an adaptation of The Bell Jar starring as Esther Greenwood. As the internship ends, Esther is feeling more and more disjointed and unable to enjoy her experiences in New York. The novel, though dark, is often read in high school English classes. Manzi Teaches physics and chemistry at Esther's college. At this point, Esther's reasoning becomes more scattered and she becomes obsessed with suicide.
None of the other characters talk politics; they seem eager to sweep the worst things in the world under the rug. She continues to wear the blouse and skirt she bartered for with Betsy and refuses to bathe or wash her hair. The plot of the novel follows her descent into and return from -madness. Back at the Amazon, she is deathly ill and learns later that all of the contest winners at the banquet ended up with grave food poisoning from the crabmeat salad. That morning, Esther had tried to hang herself using the silk cord of her mother's yellow bathrobe, but her home has the wrong type of ceiling. When Heather Chandler crashes through the glass table in , for The Bell Jar are seen on the floor.
DeeDee and Loubelle Other patients at the mental hospital. George Bakewell A remote acquaintance of Esther; he visits her in the mental hospital where he is the houseman. At first, she admired him, despite his disparaging attitude toward her literary aspirations. And it is Esther's self-critical attitude that contrasts so starkly with the most of the other characters in The Bell Jar, who seem complacent, even smug in comparison. Esther lives the remainder of her life in an asylum, an unfortunate end for someone who showed such promise. Esther even finds her scholarship replicated at the mental institution, for Philomena Guinea pays for her stay in the institution as she does for Esther's college education. The reader learns early on about the struggles in Esther's life.