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The book “The Bell Jar” written by Sylvia Plath is a fiction/autobiographical novel. This book is 244 pages long. This book was published in New York of 2006 by Harper Perennial. The author Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1972 and died on February 11, 1963 at the age of 30. Some of Plath’s work consist of books and poetry, some books are “The Bell Jar”, “Ariel”, and “Crossing the Water”.
Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” is about a young woman named Esther Greenwood she is five foot ten which is taller than most woman. Esther, who is in college, is an English and writing major and plans to become a famous writer. She has always been a good student, getting straight A’s and getting work in on time. She stayed in a hotel called “The Amazon” in New York City and this hotel only had woman staying in it. Greenwood finds everyone in that hotel to be quite boring except for her friend Doreen who gossips to her and talks bad on other ladies staying in the hotel. Esther talks to her boss, Jay Cee, Jay Cee is a strict, serious person, she is not very sympathetic. Jay Cee begins to ask Esther about what she wants to be when she gets out of college, Esther says she wants to get into publishing, but Jay Cee just insists that she learns a handful of different languages which Esther does not have room for in her busy schedule. Soon after this talk with Jay Cee, Esther’s mind goes crazy thinking about all the different ideas of what to do after she graduates. She simply cannot make up her mind, and with all this mess happening she has to deal with her boyfriend Buddy Willard who she doesn’t like anymore after she found out what a hypocrite he really is. As this story goes along, Esther begins to become more and more depressed and confused. She soon goes home and after a few days to meet with a doctor named Doctor Gordon. Doctor Gordon does not even listen to anything Esther has to say, he just decides that she needs to undergo shock treatments and that she will be cured. This did not help at all and actually made her worse, she attempts to commit suicide many times but fails. Esther finally writes a note that says “gone out for a long walk” and goes down in the basement in a small, dark corner and overdoses on pills. She wakes up in a hospital with her mother by her side. Esther is furious because she does not want anyone to see her, she wants to be left alone. Her story ends up in the newspaper and how she was found by her mother while she was doing the laundry. Esther is greeted by many different doctors and students that come to visit, she can sense that they all think she is a crazy person. Soon, Esther learns that a lady named Philomena Guinea has heard about her story and decides to pay for her to be in a good hospital with a good doctor named Doctor Nolan. Doctor Nolan was a woman and she helped Esther better than Doctor Gordon and did not give her shock treatments, Doctor Noland also informed her that if she did need shock treatments that she would tell her beforehand. Esther did end up having more shock treatments, shock treatments three times a week. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. When she got the shock treatments this time, it was different and not as bad as when Doctor Gordon did it. Soon in the book, Doctor Nolan sees that Esther is getting better and that she will need to have a conference with other doctors to grant her freedom. At the end of the book it has Esther walking into the room with all the doctors staring at her.