Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath : Book Review






In the tenth chapter of her famous novel, Sylvia Plath expresses her desire to construct a heroine just like herself. She says -

My heroine would be myself, only in disguise. She would be called Elaine. Elaine. I counted the letters on my fingers. There were six letters in Esther, too. 

It strikes me that we have 6 letters in Esther and Sylvia, and it is absolutely impossible to read the novel without relating with Plath's own life at all levels. Indeed it's a beautiful work of art and is bound to leave the reader speechless and probably in tears.

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The quest for identity, the quest for happiness on which you embark on with Esther leaves you with an array of questions.

Can you ever be what you truly want to be?

What is it like to be happy?

You'll be mistaken if you read this novel in the hope of some concrete conclusion. It is an account of Esther's journey through depression. It is a masterpiece that has blurred the boundaries between reality and fiction.

Memorable Quotes

1. I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.

2. When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.
"Oh, sure you know," the photographer said.
"She wants," said Jay Cee wittily, "to be everything.

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