The Bell Jar | Study Guide

Sylvia Plath

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Overview

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Author

Sylvia Plath

Year Published

1963 (U.K.); 1971 (U.S.)

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

In The Bell Jar, Esther, the first-person narrator, looks back on the events of the text from an older point of view. Because Esther suffers from a delusional depression, her point of view limits the reader's ability to understand the events and characters objectively.

Tense

The Bell Jar is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

A bell jar, shaped like an upturned bell, generates a vacuum effect that keeps everything inside preserved from the exterior world. The bell jar functions as a metaphor for the narrator's feelings of captivity.

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