The Bell Jar
A NovelBook - 2013
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This great works echoes events from Plath's own life through the story of Esther Greenwood as she slowly descends into a nervous breakdown.
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"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am."
“I felt limp and betrayed, like the skin shed by a terrible animal. It was a relief to be free of the animal, but it seemed to have taken my spirit with it, and everything else it could lay its paws on.”
“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.”
“I don’t see what women see in other women,” I’d told Dr. Nolan in my interview that noon. “What does a woman see in a woman that she can’t see in a man?” Dr. Nolan pauses. Then she said, “Tenderness.” That shut me up.
The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no further.
I woke to the sound of rain.
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
So I began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about as numb as a slave in a totalitarian state.
"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."
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Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood, a college student from Massachusetts, travels to New York to work on a magazine for a month as a guest editor. Esther returns to the Boston suburbs and discovers that she has not been accepted to a writing class she had planned to take. She will spend the summer with her mother instead. Esther awakens to find herself in the hospital. She has survived her suicide attempt with no permanent physical injuries. Once her body heals, she is sent to the psychological ward in the city hospital, where she is uncooperative, paranoid, and determined to end her life.
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