History Literature / TheBellJar

4th May '17 1:49:08 AM CaptEquinox
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* DespairEventHorizon: Terrified of the thought of being in the kitchen for the rest of her life, absolutely no idea what to do now that she's out of college because all she was ever good at was winning scholarships, intense insomnia that has lasted for three weeks, traumatized by the ECT, and feeling completely trapped inside a bell jar because of her depression, Esther begins suicide attempts.
* DistaffCounterpart : According to at least one biography, Plath wrote Esther as a female version of [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]]. Apparently, ''The Bell Jar'' is supposed to be wry and comedic. Who knew?

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* DespairEventHorizon: Terrified of the thought of being in the kitchen for the rest of her life, absolutely no idea what to do now that she's out of college because all she was ever good at was winning scholarships, intense insomnia that has lasted for three weeks, traumatized by the botched ECT, and feeling completely trapped inside a bell jar because of her depression, Esther begins suicide attempts.
* DistaffCounterpart : According to at least one biography, Plath wrote Esther as a female version of [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]]. Apparently, ''The Bell Jar'' is supposed to be wry and comedic. Who knew? knew?
** There's plenty of wry comedy ''in'' it -- Esther's witnessing of Doreen's drunken revel with DJ Lenny Shepard, her observations on Technicolor musicals and a session at the U.N. -- but the book overall is clearly not meant to be funny.



* TruthInTelevision: This is the epitome of why ''The Bell Jar'' is still read today. If you've ever felt depressed or suicidal, then this novel perfectly describes how you felt and does it better than you ever could. The descriptions of being ashamed of still being a virgin in your early twenties are exquisite. Plath has beautifully cutting descriptions of society's DoubleStandard and {{Sexism}}, a reality which hasn't changed much fifty years later (see any book by Susan Faludi).

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* TruthInTelevision: This is the epitome of why ''The Bell Jar'' is still read today. If you've ever felt depressed or suicidal, or like your environment was stifling and crippling your spirit, then this novel perfectly describes how you felt and does it better than you ever could. The descriptions of being ashamed of still being a virgin in your early twenties are exquisite. Plath has beautifully cutting descriptions of society's DoubleStandard and {{Sexism}}, [[UsefulNotes/{{Feminism}} sexism]], a reality which hasn't changed much fifty years later (see any book by Susan Faludi).
13th Nov '16 8:54:53 PM shamblingdead2
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* DistaffCounterpart : According to at least one biography, Plath wrote Esther as a female version of [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]]. Apparently, ''The Bell Jar'' is supposed to be wry and comedic. Who knew?
6th Sep '16 1:59:20 AM shamblingdead2
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The novel itself has been adapted once in 1979 starring Marilyn Hassett as the protagonist and another adaptation in 2011 starring Julia Stiles.

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The novel itself has been adapted once in 1979 starring Marilyn Hassett as the protagonist and another protagonist. A second adaptation in 2011 starring Julia Stiles.
Stiles was announced [[DevelopmentHell but never happened]], and Stiles relinquished the rights. Creator/KirstenDunst has announced another adaptation, starring Creator/DakotaFanning and due out in 2017.
25th Jun '16 4:43:49 PM Bergamot
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** In an earlier section of the book, Esther mentions picking a plastic starfish to give to "the baby to play with." This implies she has a child at some point after being released from the hospital.

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** In an earlier section of Very early in the book, story, Esther mentions picking a plastic starfish to give to "the states that "only last week" she gave her baby one of her ''Mademoiselle'' freebies to play with." This implies with, implying that not only does she has a child at some point after being released recover from the hospital.events of the story, but she eventually gets [[BabiesEverAfter an ending that involves a husband and a family]].
24th May '16 3:47:55 PM Monolaf317
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* NamesTheSame: Mrs Tomolillo, one of the disorderly patients in the psych ward, shares a same last name with several characters in Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, a collection of short stories by Plath.
24th May '16 3:45:56 PM Monolaf317
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The novel itself has been adapted once in 1979 starring Marilyn Hassett as the protagonist and another adaptation is set for 2011 starring Julia Stiles.

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The novel itself has been adapted once in 1979 starring Marilyn Hassett as the protagonist and another adaptation is set for in 2011 starring Julia Stiles.
7th May '16 1:59:37 PM nombretomado
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* StockShoutOuts: Got a moody female character or a girl that's feeling down? Show her reading ''The Bell Jar.'' Can be seen in TheSimpsons, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy, Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch, GilmoreGirls, and Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou. Other sources merely reference the novel.

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* StockShoutOuts: Got a moody female character or a girl that's feeling down? Show her reading ''The Bell Jar.'' Can be seen in TheSimpsons, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy, Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch, GilmoreGirls, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', and Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou.''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''. Other sources merely reference the novel.
19th Mar '16 8:00:16 AM Hossmeister
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26th Dec '15 6:13:52 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanDream: Subverted: Esther started out in a single-parent household (after her father died) then went to a prestigious university on a scholarship and earned a summer internship for a New York magazine that's supposed to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mademoiselle_%28magazine%29 Mademoiselle]]. She achieved all of this by hard work, but realizes she's never made concrete career plans. Dodo Conway, the perpetually pregnant [[TheStepfordWives Stepford Wife]] neighbor, caricatures the American Dream of the 1950s.
17th Sep '15 12:22:32 PM gallium
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* TheShrink: Doctor Gordon and Doctor Nolan.



* TheShrink: Doctor Gordon and Doctor Nolan.

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* TheShrink: Doctor Gordon and Doctor Nolan.SuicideBySea: Esther has been trying to commit suicide. After failing to hang/strangle herself because of her body's natural preservation instincts, she decides to swim so far out into the ocean that she won't be able to swim back. She chooses a large rock as a marker to swim to only to realize that if she reaches it, she'll simply climb on the rock. She tries to drown herself where she is but is unsuccessful.
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