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The Bell Jar Esther and Patriarchy The Bell Jar which is written by Sylvia Plath indicates that patriarchal society has many effects on women Men have power over women in both direct and indirect ways In this paper I would like to concern about Esther and patriarchy Men use their power directly to oppress Esther Also they use power indirectly to set up social values and sexual stereotyping which have many effects on Esther To begin with mens power that affects Esther directly there is the issue of sexual discrimination that is shown obviously in the novel In the patriarchal society men are in-control Also men have women in their power Women are oppressed by men As for Esther men have many effects on her life There are many men who oppress her Firstly Marco who falls in love with his cousin has almost raped her He cant have his wish fulfilled because his cousin is going to be a nun Esther doesnt have any idea that a man who falls in love with his cousin will see her as a material He curses the word slut at her She is very disappointed The thing he does with her is one of the causes that make her break down Secondly Irwin whom Esther meets at the library doesnt have responsibility Esther wants to get rid of her virginity Thus she decides to seduce Irwin because of his qualities He is the professor and already has a girlfriend I felt the first man I sleep with must be intelligent so I would respect himI also needed somebody quite experienced to make up for my lack of itThen to be on the safe side I wanted somebody I didnt know and wouldnt go on knowing P186 After Esther sleeps with Irwin she has hemorrhage and must go to see a doctor Irwin makes her feel disappointed because he isnt responsible for the bill
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