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Have you ever judged someone negatively just because they werent like you There are probably not very many people in this world that can truthfully answer no to this question Everyday especially in environments such as schools people are labeled weird or different because of the clothes that they wear or the activities that they are involved in or the way they act Boys judge other boys girls judge other girls and of course both sexes judge the other Not many realize that the people that they are evaluating and labeling are receiving all this negative attention just because they choose to be themselves no matter what they are like Esther Greenwood is one of these people she is a truly authentic individual Authentic characters by definition are those that have a self-denied critical consciousness as opposed to a mass-produced or stereotypical identity Donovan 215 Esther Greenwood in Sylvia Plaths novel The Bell Jar is by no definition a stereotype She is brilliant beautiful enormously talented and successful back cover of The Bell Jar In fact it is these things that one could use to create Esther into the typical stereotype of a well-educated woman of the 1960s However it is Esthers insanity her non-conformist ways that make the reader think what is wrong with this woman and why is she so different that make her authentic Esther Greenwood crazy as she is proves herself to be a strong woman nonetheless even if her growth as an authentic character spirals into regression instead of progression Much of Esthers earlier years where she showed little to no signs of insane behavior or thought were the years in which she played the part of a stereotypical college educated woman that wore modest dresses neat gloves and matching hats Esther worked hard much of her life in order to accomplish the many scholarships and prizes that she had collected such as the summer internship at Ladies Day in
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