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Examine the various reasons for Esthers suicide attempts in The bell Jar One of the main reasons why Esther tried to commit suicide was the way she perceived her mothers actions and the fact that she hates her mother I hate her I said and waited for the blow to fall she obviously believes that hating her mother is wrong as she expected the doctor to react negatively to her comment Throughout the novel her mother has contributed to Esthers problems From Esthers point of view consequences of her mothers actions have lead to further problems for her It was her mother who denied Esther the right to go to her fathers funeral My mother hadnt let us come to his funeral because we were only children then and he had died in hospital so the graveyard and even his death seemed unreal to me The fact that Esther couldnt really accept her fathers death contributed to career problems she had no idea of what to do with her life she thought that if my father hadnt died he would have taught me Before visiting New York and getting thrown into the real world Esther had been very successful academically I had already taken a course in botany and done very well I never answered one test question wrong all year Because of her perfectionist attitude Esther was surprised to hear herself say that she didnt know what her career plans were Usually I had these plans on the tip of my tongue I dont really know I heard myself say I felt a deep shock hearing myself say that because the minute I said it I knew it was true She claims that she has always wanted to learn German although the very sight of those dense black barbed-wire letters made my mind shut like a clam Esther associates the language with her German-speaking father who cane from some manic-depressive hamlet in the
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