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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.


Book Basics

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.


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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