The Bell Jar
Notes, Including Life and Background, Chronology of Plath, Introduction to the Novel, List of Characters, Critical Commentaries, Character Analyses, Critical Essays, Essay Questions, Select Bibliography, Additional ReadingseBook - 1984
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CliffsNotes on The Bell Jar takes you into the life of 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 confused late adolescent. Also, Esther is a mental patient. Follow the progression of Esther’s life as she struggles to grow up in the early 1950s in an America where women’s roles were rigidly assigned.
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- Character analyses of major players
- An analysis of the individual versus society in The Bell Jar
- An examination of Sylvia Plath’s own tragic history
- Sample essay questions
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