Under ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath

Dramatic, slightly depressing romance – read while being in the mood.  “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead…”

Sylvia Plath’s novel `The Bell Jar’ has been exciting readers for over 50 years. Someone considers it solely as an artistic autobiography of the author, someone as a manifesto of feminism. Someone will find themselves in the pages: depressed, thinking about disappointment in the world around and suicide. Someone will say that the book is strong, others – that they did not find answers to their questions. But to stay indifferent to what is described in the book is simply impossible.

Esther Greenwood is a 19-year-old girl who, with conscientious work and talent, got the opportunity to work in a fashion magazine in New York for a month and live on full content. It would seem what else a young girl need. As it turned out, it is not exactly this, but in general – it is not known what exactly. Therefore, Esther slowly falls into a depression that neither girlfriends, nor work, nor prospects can console. Her life is flying into the abyss: a suicide attempt, electroshock therapy, and a psychiatric hospital. The reader will not be able to fully understand that the protagonist managed to get out from under the glass cap, which fenced her off from the rest of the world, and, at the same time, made it an interesting exhibit for research. Just as it is impossible to understand the motives of the writer.

The novel is simple and straightforward. No intricate narratives or cool plot twists. Reading is like floating in a quiet river. The story of a confrontation with reality, attempts to know yourself and, in the end, the realization that you are under a glass cover and the world is a downer dream for you. The heroine makes the only suitable decision for her, but even here she is not left alone. Thoughts of Esther, if you plunge into them, make you think, and despite her position, they seem quite sound. This autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath retells a passage from her life. She told a lot about herself here, including resentment against her father and hatred of her mother. After reading the biography, you just got shocked with what sincerity she presented it on paper. I advise you as a dramatic and slightly depressing romance. In my opinion, this is worth reading if the mood strikes.

How did I feel while reading a book? I definitely realized that the fatality was not necessarily the result of some visible events. The most desperate actions are often done by people whose expressiveness is difficult to even suspect. Woe, pain, indifference to existence – usually coexist with commonplace phenomena. Here it is important to see the beginnings of irreversibility, both in people around us and in ourselves.

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