The bell jar sets out to highlight the problems with oppressive patriarchal society in mid 20th century america mental health esther greenwood the main character in the bell jar describes her life as being suffocated by a bell jar analysis of the phrase bell jar shows it represents esthers mental suffocation by the unavoidable settling . For more on the life and tragic death of sylvia plath author of many influential poems and the novel the bell jar visit biographycom. Note this poem was writen for english as a creative writing assignment for the bell jar which is what the contents of it is based off of so if youve read that book you might realize where im coming from with this i hope you do if you havent i suggest you do its a good read ive gotten a few rave reviews for this but im worried about my conservative religious teacher what shell . Sylvia plath was an american poet novelist and short story writer known primarily for her poetry plath also wrote a semi autobiographical novel the bell jar under the pseudonym victoria lucasthe books protagonist esther greenwood is a bright ambitious student at smith college who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in new york
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