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The Bell Jar Review

Reading the Bell Jar was way different from any other book I’ve ever read. Sylvia Plath wrote the bell jar in 1963, shortly after she got her book published she committed suicide. I think Plath’s background is interesting because ironically the bell jar is about a nineteen year old, Esther Greenwood, and her down spiral into mental illness.

The book starts off with Esther living in New York City, interning for a popular magazine company. It seems like she’s happy but things change when she heads back to her hometown. When she gets home she’s heartbroken to find out she didn’t get into the school of her dreams. That’s when things go south. She becomes depressed and suicidal and eventually is sent to an asylum. She truly believes her life has no meaning.

“It’s such a beautifully written book, a must read for everyone,” said Reece Wurzer, junior.

The Bell Jar can easily be picked up at the Mid-Continent library for anyone ready to read Plath’s classic american literature.bell