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Feb 25, 2016 · The Bell Jar – Chapter One Questions Why is Esther uneasy about her experiences in New York

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The Bell Jar Chapter 1: I was supposed to be having the time of my life
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"A bad dream.
"To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.
"A bad dream.
"I remembered everything.
"I remembered the cadavers and Doreen and the story of the fig tree and Marco's diamond and the sailor on the Common..." (BJ 20)

A celebration, this is - Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar is a novel about a young woman, Esther Greenwood, who is in a downward spiral that ends in an attempted suicide and her challenge to get well again.
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Esther spends several pages talking about the Catholic Dodo Conway and her swelling family. Dodo pushes a carriage outside Esther's window as Esther spies. Esther also begins to have sleeping problems; stemming from the failure to make the Harvard class, spending the summer at home and writers block, to name a few. She learns that Buddy is falling in love with a nurse at his TB sanatorium and then realizes that she has no experience in the world on which to write. This pushes the dooming edges of the bell jar tight against the ground.


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Nov 10, 2015 · To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream
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Esther's benefactress, famous novelist Philomena Guinea (in real life Olive Higgins-Prouty, author of and other novels), is moving Esther to a private hospital (). In a reference to the bell jar she was under, Esther talks about her gratitude for the extra help. She says, "....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" (BJ 15). As she arrived at this new hospital, Caplan, she would have her own room and more importantly, a female doctor. This immediately affects Esther positively as any male would have reminded her of Dr. Gordon and his poorly administered electro-shock treatments. She is introduced to several staff, they make small conversation about the Pilgrims and the Indians who once lived in the area, and she's taken to her room. Esther takes a walk around the building and isn't stopped, and this freedom and trust also affects her for the better. Ester's treatment has begun and she receives injections in her bum three times daily. She meets two patients, the silent Ms Norris and the lobotomized Valerie. At the end of the chapter Esther moves to the sunnier front of the building (in real life, ) and also meets her double (of some sort) Joan Gilling.

Feb 25, 2016 · The Bell Jar – Chapter One Questions Why is Esther uneasy about her experiences in New York? Use quotes in your answer. She is feeling a …
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This is particularly telling in both Esther and Sylvia Plath. Prominent in many of Plath's poems and short stories is the double, the mirror. Whilst at Smith College, after the bell jar summer of 1953, Plath wrote her senior thesis, "The Magic Mirror", on the double in two of Dostoevsky's novels. In a late poem, 'Contusion,' Plath says, "The mirrors are sheeted." From that viewpoint, there would be an end soon to Plath. In , the mirror or double is an important theme. Mentioned earlier, there are several doubles in the novel, Esther/Elly, Esther/Joan, Esther/Buddy, Esther/Mrs. Greenwood and even Esther/Esther.