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Unformatted text preview: Buddy Willard is important to The Bell Jar because he is Esther's first real "boyfriend." He seems likeable, if a somewhat inept, young man who is working steadily toward his goal to become a doctor. His parents and Esther's parents have been friends and acquaintances, and it is clear that both sets of parents are in favor of this match. However, Buddy and Esther do not seem suited to each other, in spite of the fact that she has adored him from afar for some time, and Buddy, when he gets to know Esther, is enamored of her intelligence and her poetic sensibilities. Buddy has most of the attitudes of most of the males of his generation, including the notion that Esther will give up the idea of being a poet once she's had a baby. He introduces her to experiences at the medical laboratory and the hospital. He gets a poem published partly to show Esther that he is sensitive too. He does this after he has called a poem just "a piece of dust." Esther is only truly happy with Buddy after she finds out that he is taking her to the Yale prom. That Esther is only truly happy with Buddy after she finds out that he is taking her to the Yale prom....
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