Later, we encounter Plath's conflicts with institutions — that is, Esther's conflicts with the mental hospitals. Plath did not find a role — not even here. Unlike Joan, Plath did not want to become a female psychiatrist. Perhaps she was happier in England, at Cambridge, and after she married Ted Hughes, but her poem "Daddy" makes us question how right marriage was for Plath.We see, through her portrayal of Esther and from accounts of Plath's life, that she had a very difficult time finding comfort in traditional social roles, especially roles associated with traditional institutions. Supposedly, according to Plath's mother, there was to be a second novel that would tell the happy side of the same events of The Bell Jar. That novel, of course, was never written, and one reason
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