A moving and accurate account of mental health treatment in the 1950s in the bell jar by sylvia plat

Being such daring women, both Plath and her narrator manage to escape the entrapping expectations of their time. They cooked proper and nutritious meals while keeping the house spotless, and in their spare time, they would attend PTA meetings.

She is only allowed to rest. She only endured optimistic aspirations regarding the afterlife in order to prevent coming off as cold-hearted. In The Bell Jar, Plath does not write about her life after this point. Writing for the popular press was as much her ambition as "high" art.

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Plath held a hospital clerical position after she quit her instructor job at Smith. She survives and is sent to a different mental hospital, where she meets Dr. The current episode of depression, lack of self-worth and suicidal thoughts she came in for were triggered by a marital crisis, combined with some lesser life events, and had developed over six or seven months, during which time her emotional state had been one first of rage and bitterness, then of a prolonged alternation between hopefulness and despondency.

Beyond that, Plath has failed us somewhat in not coming to terms with the underlying problems. The critic is basically saying that Gilman is expressing her feelings towards her husband and her doctor, who believe her innate quality as a woman is to be submissive to their power.

Although I firmly catalogued myself as "anxious but not depressed", I was inexorably drawn to the work of women who existed on the lip of a complete and utter nervous breakdown. High-flying Esther Greenwood is in no way a victim, she is as greedy for experience as she is for caviar and cocktails, and she is the one who takes the initiative in her own headlong career.

Gilman would have been proud to know that she was a part of this societal change. Yet, another interpretation is formed behind the meaning of this famous tale. One insignificant occurrence would likely trigger an extreme alteration in her mood, often coming as a surprise to those around her.

During this period, Buddy Willard asks her to the Yale prom. Laid in bed for three days just to be sure. This young girl has no idea how to become herself and everyone is pressuring her to choose one of the inadequate role models.

But afterwards, when someone suggested we stay together a bit longer and go for a drink, she and I exchanged a glance of acknowledgement as "spirit-sisters". Philomena invites Esther to have a meal with her. Then at top speed and with very little revision from start to finish she wrote The Bell Jar," [3] he explained.

When Sylvia was twenty years old, she won the Mademoiselle fiction contest, and during the summer ofshe was a guest editor at Mademoiselle. Valium had been on the market for two years in and by this time was being advertised aggressively at healthy women who felt trapped and desperate and whose distress had to be medicated away.

Her intellectual accomplishments and successful marriage were almost a cure in themselves for her once dreadful depression. What young girl wants to become competent but emotionally sterile?

A bell jar is a bell shaped container or cover made of glass. For this reason, Esther Greenwood was pushed to insanity, for society could not accept her.

The thinness of wisdom is regrettable. It forms in her poems like ice. Gilbert and Gubar In other words, a woman must retain a greater sense of self to better her once disabled mentality.

Mental Illness in Literature: Case Studies of Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins Gillman

Rich women are for cash. They did not marry the proper men doctors, lawyers, etc. In conclusion, during the time of the novel, there is clearly not much encouragement for women to be individual, to be different, and to be brave and daring.

Those girls, too, sat under bell jars of a sort.Plath has delivered an accurate account of mental illness. Having spent some time in the “Bell Jar” myself, I understood the character (Esther) and was comforted by her madness.

I felt less alone in my own illness.

Sylvia Plath: reflections on her legacy

What The Bell Jar gives us, finally, is a rather compelling story of a young girl who has, for a lack of a better way to say it, "a mental problem," a quite moving and probably very accurate account of mental health treatment in the s.

Beyond that, Plath has failed us somewhat in not coming to terms with the underlying problems. Fetishizing Innocence, Performing Sickness, and Achieving Wholeness: The Body as Weapon in The Bell Jar In Sylvia Plath's novel, The Bell Jar.

Sylvia Plath was found, sent to the hospital, had shock treatment, and “the bell jar” in which she had been suffocating was finally lifted. The novel is not equal to the poems, but it is free of gross defects and embarrassments. moved to London and wrote The Bell Jar. On February 11,Sylvia Plath Bell Jar also gives the audience a quite moving and probably very accurate account of mental health treatment in the 's.

Electro-shock therapy was very. Mental health as a theme in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Esther This novel gives an account of the treatment of mental health in the s. Just as this novel gives way to feminist discourse and challenges the way of life for women in the s, it also gives a case study of a woman struggling with mental health.

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