Ogii Review of: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell JarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It’s different from most other books that I have read. I really enjoyed how as the reader you could really get into the mind of Esther Greenwood. As the reader, you were able to see things from her point of view, but also at the same time, see it from an outsiders point of view, which to me is very important for a book of this type. The way in which people treated Esther before they found out about her depression and after they found out are very well portrayed. The way that the characters distance themselves or try to be more helpful then they should be. Or, in the case of Buddy Willard, who outright says; “I wonder who you’ll marry now, Esther Now you’ve been, here.” The ‘here’ being the asylum. Which is exactly the real response that people would have towards her if she is released. It is a known fact that people, individuals, do not react to what they do not know very well. They tend to ignore, criticise, attack, or defame what is a foreign concept to them, or in some cases, it is something that they fear. Therefore, with depression, it is a common thought from individuals who do not understand, or have not experienced it themselves or seen someone else, to respond in a harsh, insulting or inconsiderate manner to a person who they have found to have depression. I believe that this story portrays all the right themes and views, such as; pain, rebirth (as an individual), expectations, the way in which people with depression are dealt with, and also the role of women at the time (i believe it is the 1950’s). Great book. Written very well. I really enjoyed it.

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4 Responses to Ogii Review of: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  1. Kristel says:

    One of my favorite books. I read it in college and thought
    it was the female equivalent of “Catcher in the Rye.” The part with
    the raw egg and the uncooked hamburger meat, her letter to
    Buddy–genius. 🙂

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