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Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar Although there are elements of fiction included and even true events are somewhat altered and rearranged The Bell Jar is essentially an autobiography of Sylvia Plath who is recognized for her impeccable and ruthless poetry which excels at describing the most extreme reaches of Plaths consciousness and passions from back cover of Rough Magic by Paul Alexander Perhaps though what Plath is more noted for and what arguably made her famous on a large scale is her tormented life of depression and disappointment that Plath herself ended at the young age of thirty The time frame that the book refers to is a period in Plaths life when she underwent a series of experiences that led to her infamous suicide attempt and institution in several mental institutes Sylvia Plath would not again reach a low point even close to this one until the actual time of her death In The Bell Jar the main character Esther Greenwood is the parallel to Plath and all other characters in the story in fact did have their real-life parallels as well although some of the events are told out of order and there are fictitious events added for a more interesting plot What is most important about The Bell Jar is Plaths own mentally disturbed perspective of the situations that unfold before her and this is what makes the book not only a grand piece of literature but also an important insight into depression from a psychological point of view In The Bell Jar there are a series of circumstances and events that combined with her own mentally troubled persona lead Esther Greenwood into a downward spiral of depression that culminates in a suicide attempt which brings about the consequence of her institutionalization in several facilities Eventually it will also be a set of influential people and circumstances as well as her slowly growing healthy outlook on life that lead to her
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