The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author : Sylvia Plath
Publisher : HarperCollins
Total Pages : 288
Release : 2015-08-11
ISBN 10 : 9780062444479
ISBN 13 : 0062444476
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Description:

A realistic and emotional look at a woman who falls into the grips of insanity written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath “It is this perfectly wrought prose and the freshness of Plath’s voice in The Bell Jar that make this book enduring in its appeal.” — USA Today The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author : Sylvia Plath
Publisher :
Total Pages : 204
Release : 2018
ISBN 10 : 8181320344
ISBN 13 : 9788181320346
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Description:

The story, scarcely disguised autobiography, covers six months in a young girl's life, beginning when she goes to New York to serve on a fashion magazine's college-editorial board. It ends when she emerges from a mental hospital after a breakdown.

The Bell Jar a Novel of the Fifties

The Bell Jar  a Novel of the Fifties
Author : Linda Wagner-Martin
Publisher : Twayne Publishers
Total Pages : 114
Release : 1992
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015025628184
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar a Novel of the Fifties Book Description:

"Though her life was brief, the American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-63) exerted a profound influence on contemporary writers, particularly women writers of the sixties and seventies. Just as to her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry Plath brought a decidedly feminist perspective, so too did she etch in her novel The Bell Jar a disturbing vision of life for young women in America at midcentury. The Bell Jar - based on Plath's own experiences as a student at Smith College, an intern at Mademoiselle, and a young woman battling for her own sanity amid societal mores of the times - was initially published in England under a pseudonym, its American publication stifled for years by the writer's family. When, however, the 1963 novel was finally released to U.S. audiences in 1971, it achieved both critical and popular success, and has since become a classic of feminist literature and a unique vehicle for better appreciating Plath's gifts." "It is through a multifaceted lens that Linda Wagner-Martin examines The Bell Jar in this new study. Whereas past critical attention has centered on The Bell Jar as autobiography, Wagner-Martin transcends that approach, looking as well at the novel in its larger context of the social and historical forces shaping women's lives in America during the fifties and sixties. Thus eschewing a simplistic reading of the novel, the author plumbs issues of gender, genre, and narrative voice. Arguing that Plath's troubled personal history was the product of her struggle against contemporary social forces, Wagner-Martin reviews the writer's prior work and inspects earlier, partial versions of the novel; explores Plath's use of humor and sarcasm; traces the writer's representation of patriarchal structures in the novel; and ultimately places the novel squarely in the tradition of works about women at odds with a society dominated by patriarchal values. A brilliantly argued, eminently readable approach to this masterpiece, The Bell Jar: A Novel of the Fifties is certain to be lauded by scholars and students alike."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The split identity of Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath s The Bell Jar

The split identity of Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath s  The Bell Jar
Author : Sarah Schommer
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Total Pages : 15
Release : 2008-07-18
ISBN 10 : 9783640106578
ISBN 13 : 3640106571
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The split identity of Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath s The Bell Jar Book Description:

Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Department of English and Linguistics), course: Madness in Literature, 7 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction Madness is an important aspect in literature - especially madness of female writers respectively madness of female chief characters is interesting to deal with concerning the social role of women in the cause of time. It [madness] is that state of mind where a person’s feelings or beliefs about himself [...] are completely disrupted, making him unable to function in whatever social role – husband, parent, friend, employee – he might expect to enjoy. It is the state where the sufferer passes beyond the bounds of reality, intelligibility, and rationality as defined by the bulk of society. The psychotic is a stranger among his own people. (Nettle 12) A character consistent to this definition of madness is Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath’s autobiographical novel The Bell Jar which was published 1963. Being a young intelligent woman, Esther becomes mad as a result of the mental stress to conform to the traditional role of women or to break tradition. Esther Greenwood is passive and unable to be agent of her life. Never having learned how to develop herself as an independent individual, she is dependent on others and follows their ideals of a fulfilling life. She is torn between starting a family and starting a career. According to this, The Bell Jar reveals the difficulty of becoming an adult, by breaking tradition to be able to realize one’s personal scheme of life. As Susan Bassnett points out, “The Bell Jar is a novel about a suicide attempt that fails; but it is also a novel about a woman who learns how to live with herself and how to come to terms with the world, that world of destruction and horror [...]” (Bassnett 122). As the story of Esther Greenwood’s madness is full of interesting symbols and motifs, it is unfortunately impossible to deal with the whole of them. Consequently this paper will focus on few aspects revealing the split identity of Esther Greenwood and show the process of her recovery as well. These basic motifs are: the fig-tree, the fake identity she builds up and the motif of the bell jar. They will be discussed in the context of Esther’s mental illness...

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author : Sylvia Plath
Publisher :
Total Pages : 216
Release : 1981
ISBN 10 : 0553204521
ISBN 13 : 9780553204520
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Description:

Reflecting on The Bell Jar

Reflecting on The Bell Jar
Author : Pat Macpherson
Publisher :
Total Pages : 101
Release : 1991
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015021993103
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reflecting on The Bell Jar Book Description:

This feminist study of Sylvia Plath and her novels intends to provide a new approach to one of feminism's most difficult heroines. It traces Plath's work in relation to the history of the feminist movement and the evolution of feminist literature.

Depression in Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar

Depression in Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar
Author : Dedria Bryfonski
Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Total Pages : 168
Release : 2012-01-12
ISBN 10 : 9780737758061
ISBN 13 : 0737758066
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Depression in Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar Book Description:

Because wherever I sat, on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok, I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air. Readers who are familiar with Sylvia Plath's work may recognize this well-known quotation from her first and only novel, The Bell Jar, which tackles issues of depression, mental illness, and the search for individuality. This compelling volume examines Sylvia Plath's life and writings, with a specific look at key ideas related to The Bell Jar. A collection of twenty-three essays offers readers context and insight to discussions centering around the pervasive impact of illness, the novel as a search for personal identity, and the autobiographical nature of the work. The book also examines contemporary perspectives on depression, such as the sometimes deadly pressure of perfectionism on gifted teens, and the idea that depression and risk of suicide run in families.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Book Analysis

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  Book Analysis
Author : Bright Summaries
Publisher : BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages : 46
Release : 2018-12-13
ISBN 10 : 9782808012225
ISBN 13 : 2808012225
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Book Analysis Book Description:

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Bell Jar with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, a semi-autobiographical novel which follows Esther Greenwood, a young woman who is undertaking an internship in New York when her mental health begins to decline, leading to stays in a series of psychiatric institutions. The novel is semi-autobiographical: Plath’s own struggles with depression are well-documented, and she underwent electroconvulsive therapy as part of her “treatment”. The Bell Jar is widely admired for its unsparing depiction of the paranoia, stifling conformism and gender inequality that characterised America during the 1950s, and its popularity has not waned in the decades since it was first published. Sylvia Plath was an American novelist and poet. Her best-known works are The Bell Jar and the poetry collection Ariel, which was published posthumously in 1965 (Plath committed suicide in 1963). Find out everything you need to know about The Bell Jar in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar
Author : Harold Bloom
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Total Pages : 175
Release : 2009-01-01
ISBN 10 : 9781604132038
ISBN 13 : 1604132035
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sylvia Plath s The Bell Jar Book Description:

An overview of the novel features a biographical sketch of the American author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.