Sylvia Plath’s book is a classic, and nostalgic of authors of the period.
The Bell Jar is about Esther Greenwood in 1953 who is a part of an internship program at a prominent magazine. She humorously speaks about her friends and love interests through her time there, but does not steer away from the dark and despicable things that happen.
After not being eligible for a writing course, and being nearly raped, as well as being cut out of opportunities due to her economic status, Esther becomes severely mentally ill – similar to that of Plath’s life journey.
The novel is nostalgic in the best of ways because it does not brush away the period’s darkness.
There are heavy thematic discussions on mental health, femininity, and socioeconomic differences. All of this happening while Greenwood is living outside of her home for the first time.
This novel is a reminder to those who grew up learning how to navigate the world, and a great read for those about to make a major step in their lives. Reading this in a transition period between schools, careers, towns, or other major events is specifically heartening and allows the audience to find solace through the story of a woman who can get through anything.
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