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Study Guide for Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about The Bell Jar, ask questions, and get the answers you need.
Author: Sylvia Plath
Year Published: 1963 (U.K.); 1971 (U.S.)
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.
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.