Esther was living in a fog

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Esther was living in a fog, in her "bell jar," for some time before her suicide attempt, and we see that  she had problems with disorientation. She was perceiving her existence in warped ways, and she  was unable to function. But would she not have come out of this state as well by herself, as with the  insulin and the electro-shock treatments? Did these treatments not prolong her dependence on  institutions that did not understand her and increase her alienation? In any psychiatric situation,  treatments that do not promote self-sufficiency are to be questioned. In addition, to believe that  solutions to the problem are outside the individual rather than an internal process should also be  suspect. Why was Esther not allowed to rest, just rest, after her suicide attempt? We might say that these chapters show us not only Esther's problems, but also society's problems. 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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