History Literature / TheBellJar

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.
25th Aug '15 9:34:51 PM CaptEquinox
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** Part of the novel is a sort of {{Homage}}/ShoutOut to Mary Jane Ward's autobiographical novel ''The Snake Pit''. Some of the scenes in the hospital are nearly identical to Smith's. Plath had read the book in college and had planned to write something about "mental health stuff" after seeing that there was a market for it.

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** Part of the novel is a sort of {{Homage}}/ShoutOut to Mary Jane Ward's autobiographical novel ''The Snake Pit''. Some of the scenes in the hospital are nearly identical to Smith's. Ward's. Plath had read reviews of the book in college and had planned to write something about "mental health stuff" after seeing that there was a market for it.it.
*** Ward's book is based on her treatments at Rockland state hospital in New York. Plath went to [=McLean=] asylum in Massachusetts, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School with more lavish funding and research facilities.
28th Mar '15 8:38:47 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, 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, FamilyGuy, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy, Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch, GilmoreGirls, and Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou. Other sources merely reference the novel.
4th Nov '14 4:26:07 AM Patachou
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The internship over with, Esther returns to her mother's house. She is rejected for an advanced writing course she'd applied for, so she decides to spend the summer writing the Great American Novel, but realizes she hasn't had sufficient experience. Her condition worsens as she develops insomnia. She visits a psychiatrist, who utterly fails to help her; said failure is excruciatingly amplified by incorrect use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroconvulsive_therapy electroconvulsive therapy]].

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The internship over with, Esther returns to her mother's house. She is rejected for an advanced writing course she'd applied for, so she decides to spend the summer writing the Great American Novel, UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel, but realizes she hasn't had sufficient experience. Her condition worsens as she develops insomnia. She visits a psychiatrist, who utterly fails to help her; said failure is excruciatingly amplified by incorrect use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroconvulsive_therapy electroconvulsive therapy]].
16th Jan '14 3:49:40 PM Trippetta
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* ReallyGetsAround: Doreen, the tough-talking Southern society girl Esther befriends in New York. Esther is both intrigued by and repelled by Doreen's casual attitude towards sex.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Doreen, the tough-talking Southern society girl Esther befriends in New York. Esther is both intrigued by and repelled by Doreen's casual attitude towards sex.
16th Jan '14 3:42:10 PM Trippetta
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* ReallyGetsAround: Doreen, the tough-talking Southern society girl Esther befriends in New York. Esther is both intrigued by and repelled by Doreen's casual attitude towards sex.
16th Jan '14 3:28:55 PM Trippetta
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--> Buddy Willard was a hypocrite.



--> Buddy Willard was a hypocrite.
16th Jan '14 3:27:09 PM Trippetta
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* AttemptedRape: Marco with Esther.

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* AttemptedRape: Marco with Esther. She considers going along with it so as to be rid of her unwanted virginity but instead fights back.


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* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Very much Esther's attitude, who unlike the idealized fifties young woman, sees her lack of experience as an embarrassment. She makes a number of attempts to get rid of her virginity [[spoiler: and finally succeeds with a math professor she met randomly.]]
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