belljar2 - Breaking Apart People's lives are often shaped...

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Breaking Apart People's lives are often shaped through successes and failures in personal relationships. Without meaningful and genuine ties to others, common human nature tends to suggest that the average man or woman would begin to feel lonely, deserted, or out of place. In The Bell Jar , by Sylvia Plath, protagonist Esther Greenwood goes through a shaky wave of ups and downs shaped through the successes and failures in the personal relationships that surround her. In many occurrences, Esther’s life drastically changes through the day to day events related to incidents with other characters. Through the loss of hold from a loved one, the lack of support and encouragement from peers, and a lack of self confidence and security, Esther Greenwood’s already insecure life becomes even more unsteady as she deals with unsettling experiences with the people around her. Through her life, Esther Greenwood consistently feels emptiness through the loss of loved ones who deeply care for her. One instance of this shows up early on, as Esther's father died when she was nine. "My German speaking father, dead since I was nine came from some manic-depressive hamlet in the Prussia." (27). Through Esther's father's death, it can be reasonably inferred that Esther was in need of a father figure for love and support from a young age. It is also noted here that Esther grew up with only the one influence of a parent, her mother. As shown, Esther’s experiences as a young child only starts the roller-coaster train of
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