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Plot summary[ edit ] Esther Greenwood, a young woman from the suburbs of Boston , gains a summer internship at a prominent magazine in New York City , under editor Jay Cee; however, Esther is neither stimulated nor excited by the big city, nor by the glamorous culture and lifestyle that girls her age are expected to idolize and emulate. She instead finds her experience to be frightening and disorienting; appreciating the witty sarcasm and adventurousness of her friend Doreen, but also identifying with the piety of Betsy dubbed " Pollyanna Cowgirl" , a "goody-goody" sorority girl who always does the right thing. She has a benefactress in Philomena Guinea, a formerly successful fiction writer based on Olive Higgins Prouty. Esther describes in detail several seriocomic incidents that occur during her internship, kicked off by an unfortunate but amusing experience at a banquet for the girls held by the staff of Ladies' Day magazine. She also muses about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg , who are scheduled for execution. Soon before the internship ends, she attends a country club party with Doreen and is set up with a man who treats her roughly and nearly rapes her, before she breaks his nose and leaves.
Bawer adds to the weight of this claim something is wrong but their inability to explain the by stating that in her journals, Plath feels as if she was problem makes them even more restless ibid.
This stuck under the bell jar in Bloom, Ed. Writing is her passion and that has no name". These remarks on opinion, the rush for starting a family severely pregnancy and maternity remind us of Plath's damages women's prospects. The important exam for women to pass an exam that woman's body is thus defined by her pregnancy would help them get their most prestigious degree yet which gradually gets out of her control. Esther is not ibid.
Friedan satirizes this new degree by referring questioning motherhood; rather, she is giving herself to it as "Ph. When Esther thinks about marriage, she cannot help but admit that The America of the s seems to be under the [i]t would mean getting up at seven and cooking impression that childbirth is a miraculous event [my husband] eggs and bacon and toast and because woman, the symbol of birth and procreation, coffee.
Friedan underlines the extremity of this popular belief which embellishes the "feminine Esther does not know if marriage can explain and fulfillment" by noting that "[i]n a New York hospital, define her life and she comes to this conclusion based a woman had a nervous breakdown when she found on the women around her, the women whom she does she could not breastfeed her baby" p.
Buddy not admire as good role models.
Friedan challenges Willard, like Dr. This kind of social and cultural milieu regarding motherhood and childbirth by claiming that promises limited prospects and this explains why in once a woman has a baby, she would put all her thinking about further options a woman is stupefied. Most of the girls that Friedan interviews admit that future plans on hold in order to devote herself to her they are conditioned in a certain way; they are child. Esther remarks: expected to go to college, perhaps hold a position in I also remembered Buddy Willard saying in a the outside world, meet a prince charming, and then sinister knowing way, that after I had children I get married right away "and that's as far as a girl has would feel differently, I wouldn't want to write to think.
After that, your husband determines and fills poems any more. So I began to think maybe it your life" cited in Friedan, , p. Esther, too, frowns at this biological essentialism which construes woman as an object of desire and a Esther has the impression that men promote what they vehicle for procreation. In the scene where Esther believe to be beneficial for everyone else. She remarks in the original p.
What Friedan and Plath's that the woman is strapped to a "torture table" and that speaker are trying to suggest is that pregnancy and "[her] stomach stuck up so high I couldn't see her face childbirth with all their hardships, though beautiful, or the upper part of her body at all" BJ, p. Friedan state in which she becomes trapped. This is done by believes that this ambivalence in girls results from a men and women who disseminate the feminine lack of role models who can offer them promising mystique.
The female as an equal to the male is thus alternatives. Esther constantly worries when it comes ignored, and the feminine as an inferior to the to making her own decisions; she wants someone to masculine is emphasized.
This metaphor is the embodiment by defamiliarizing the birth process p. In the of her fears; she is in a quandary over her best course birth scene, Esther is shocked at the woman's painful of action. She is dangling and will remain so unless labor and describes the process "as if it were she finds a way to reach for not one, but as many figs happening for the first time in history" Perloff, ibid. From the tip of every a boy, possibly because of the exhaustion, pain, and branch[ When Buddy tells Esther that the woman winked.
Interestingly, after Esther is hospitalized on account of This comparison sheds light on the ambivalence in her mental breakdown, her roommate is a woman the narrator. Esther shows a distaste for what is called Mrs. Tomolillo, or so she thinks. The woman conventionally expected of woman but at the same has the same name as the one who was in labor in the time she desires what she condemns.
This might be birth scene mentioned above. Esther might be because the heroine of The Bell Jar yearns for love delusional, especially given the state is in, and yet, this and she thinks she can find it in being a wife, and coincidence is significant. It might represent the better still, in motherhood Ghasemi, , p. From this perspective, it could be said that compromises; she accepts these roles "as long as she at the back of her mind Esther thinks a pregnant could still speak from within her deeper self through woman is susceptible to mental breakdown, not only her writing" ibid.
Throughout the novel, Esther is standing on the Esther wonders whether there is any other way of border between denying the norms altogether and giving birth that is less painful but she does not accepting them compliantly. Furthermore, this shows venture to ask Buddy about it. She does not question that Esther is experiencing a "crisis in the unity of the this norm of society.
She even imagines herself on the self" ibid. There are two sides at war with each other delivery table going under the same agonizing process here: Esther's aspirations as an independent free just to see the baby full of life coming out of her body woman, and her desire to be a wife and a mother.
BJ, p. Friedan calls this "true feminine Esther is confused since she has been led to believe fulfillment" p.
Friedan elaborates on this stupefying uncertainty that According to this notion, being a mother and a wife is a young woman is plagued. She claims that few girls every woman's dream as it "fulfills" every aspect of are clear about their plans for the future. In her their needs. The women who live according to this research, she finds out that most college girls do not idea are women "whose greatest ambition has been like to be asked about their future plans; some of them marriage and children" Friedan, p.
This reminds the reader of Esther's neighbor, Dodo Conway, who is about to Esther's indecision results in her starvation as is have her seventh child, and for whom Esther has elaborately explained by Smith , who argues ambivalent feelings.
She admits, "Dodo interested me that "the feeding of young women" is one of the in spite of myself" p.
While the growing size of popular trends in the fifties pp. Smith focuses Dodo's family disgusts Esther, she marvels at how on eating moments in the novel to show how easily the other woman has found her place in the "behavioral models" p.
That's why at times Esther wishes to same time as they teach her the proper ways of eating. In other words, they give her a lesson in femininity. What role models do girls have apart from their own mothers?
And yet, these mothers cannot provide their Smith claims that such ambivalent feelings in girls with viable alternatives. Young women have to women are caused by the American society at a time emulate their mothers who have gone to college, held when the country has confusing notions of a job for a short time, and once they were happily domesticity p.
This is particularly reflected married, just gave up their dreams for the long- through advertisements and women's magazines.
One wished-for security that a husband could provide. Willard are two significant is familiar especially because she has been its guest- role models whom Esther criticizes. She observes that editor for a short time. Plath's experience parallels "cook and clean and wash was just what Buddy Esther's editorship for Ladies' Day. The American Willard's mother did from morning till night, and she woman of the fifties is faced with many baffling role was the wife of a university professor and had been a models.
However, these models either deliver private school teacher herself" BJ, pp. The alternative to this life is spinsterhood or loneliness, an option that in itself is scary, since these Smith elaborates on the conflicting messages girls do not want to be unpopular in the very society delivered by the media by stating that women have to that has such reductive expectations.
This is clear when spheres. Such "socially constructed envies Jay Cee's determination; she believes that this guidelines for femininity" p. That is why she tells us "I wished I had a mother like Jay Cee. Then I'd know what to do. My own mother The duality of the messages in the media breeds wasn't much help" BJ, p. The dichotomy splits a woman's self-image: part of her wants to be a Esther likes Jay Cee because she does not completely "happy housewife heroine" Friedan, , p.
This 28 while the other side of her wants to follow dreams partly explains her critique of conventional images: of having a fruitful career. Such examples reveal BJ, p. However, night. Gilbert has rightly referred to the she is not very successful in finding one. The economic boom creates a comfortable and enjoyable consumerism, particularly for middle-class The first nine chapters of the novel cover Esther's one- Americans, which can be seen in the hustle bustle of month stay in New York.
It is changing significance of fashion and advertisements is obvious times. Americans are encouraged to simply enjoy life since Esther describes the world around her in terms and the media makes a major contribution to this of advertisements.
For instance, she observes that a cause. Advertising agencies make it their priority to young man has a "white toothpaste-ad smile" BJ, p. Among these advertisements are she remarks that "it looked clear and pure, just like the images of happy families and young couples who vodka ad" BJ, p.
Esther's friend, Doreen, who is a snuggle next to each other, apparently satisfied with sexy girl and takes much after the fifties sex icons like their lives. This shows the popular trend in America in which, according to Friedan, "three out of In this atmosphere, if a woman feels unfulfilled, she every ten women dyed their hair blonde" p.
Esther suffers These girls hang around the city since they wish to from the same dilemma once she faces the attract some promising man and settle down. This is breathtaking grandeur and splendor of New York. They would go to college and standard image of woman that has been mildly and educate themselves but this would come second to unobtrusively forced on her from all directions: her getting married, especially since being married own mother, her friend Buddy Willard, his mother, signifies social status, security, and happiness.
Thus, and even Jay Cee. Esther comes to New York and is staying single means being "emotionally frustrated because "all the little successes I'd totted up incompetent" Baker, , p. In the end, after a series of herself in her house surrounded by an array of misfortunes and misadventures, Esther is about to appliances and products to keep her healthy and leave New York; but she has unfinished business.
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