What is the main message of The Bell Jar?
The Bell Jar addresses the question of socially acceptable identity. It examines Esther’s quest to forge her own identity, to be herself rather than what others expect her to be. Esther is expected to become a housewife, and a self-sufficient woman, without the options to achieve independence.
Is The Bell Jar a banned book?
A classic banned book, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath has painted one of the most realistic, oddly humorous, and down-to-earth depictions of depression and mental illness in modern literature, even over 50 years later.
What mental illness does The Bell Jar have?
What does The Bell Jar symbolize in The Bell Jar?
For Esther, the bell jar symbolizes madness. When gripped by insanity, she feels as if she is inside an airless jar that distorts her perspective on the world and prevents her from connecting with the people around her.