The first sentence of Sylvia Plath

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The first sentence of Sylvia Plath's  The Bell Jar  alerts the reader to the conflicts that will be dealt  with in this semi-autobiographical novel: "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they  electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." The speaker will tell  us in the next few sentences that she is "stupid" and that she feels "sick," and that she is  preoccupied with death. Like Holden Caulfield in  Catcher in the Rye,  this young, college age, girl- woman is experiencing an adolescent crisis. Summer is usually thought of as being a happy, fun time for students. It is a time of vacation from  studies, a time to travel and relax, have fun with friends. Sometimes students work, but even that is a  short-term commitment, and thus more relaxed. The speaker of  The Bell Jar  has gone to New York  City for a month, and she will relate her varied "fun" experiences to us, but she is not happy. She 
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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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