The Causes and Effects of Depression on Esther Greenwood in the Bell Jar

6 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2015

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Orestes Vega

Broward College - Department of English

Date Written: June 15, 2015

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the causes of depression in Esther Greenwood in the novel the Bell Jar written by Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar is considered a sort of semi autobiography of Plath's life. In the novel, Plath depicts the American society during the 1950's, conveying how difficult upward mobility was for women during this period, even when these women had degrees from different American Universities. The paper also argues the different causes that triggers depression on Esther Greenwood, and how she copes with depression. In addition, the paper explains how the dominated-male society during this period, affected the integration of intellectual women in the American society.

Suggested Citation

Vega, Orestes, The Causes and Effects of Depression on Esther Greenwood in the Bell Jar (June 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2618850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2618850

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