This barely trickling outlet of feeling is why Esther

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Unformatted text preview: This barely trickling outlet of feeling is why Esther/Sylvia seems unable to come to terms with what her bell jar really means. Esther never truly affirms herself, and she never truly yields to herself either. She never says, "Here I am take me or leave me" to anyone, and certainly never to herself. And she never accepts the ways in which she is like her mother, for example. (Of course, we must add, it is hard to affirm what one is when everyone is telling you to be something else. And why should a young rebellious girl yield to herself when she is so often forced to yield to other forces the electro-shock therapy, for example?) It is this superficiality in dealing with the underlying philosophical problems that actually feeds Esther's illness. And one of the major parts of this problem is not having control over her body, and Esther's illness....
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