Narrator and point of view

The events depicted in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath are told from the perspective of Esther, the main character. Esther is a first-person narrator, so everything the readers know is told from her point of view. As with every first-person narrator, we must question her reliability. Esther is subjective in her depictions of events and places and we must also consider the fact that her perspective is altered by her mental issues and her clinical depression.

It is quite obvious that Esther has a limited point of view. In the excerpt found in your textbook, we never know what Doctor Gordon or Esther’s mother think. We only suspect that Doctor Gordon is not paying attention and that Esther’s mother is more focused on paying for her daughter’s therapy than for her daughter’s own good:

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