Perspectives

Here, we will offer you some points that can help you put the excerpt from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath into perspective. We will focus on the literary period, works by the same author, and works with the same theme but also on current issues.

Current issues

In your textbook, you will find several questions that bring the topic of depression to your attention. Nowadays, many young people are diagnosed with depression, which is often seen as a disease of our modern times. Women are most likely to be diagnosed with depression, which is sometimes seen as a consequence of the women’s efforts to fulfill multiple roles:

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Literary period

Sylvia Plath wrote in the 1960s, which means that The Bell Jar belongs to the Modernist period in literature. A key element of Modernist literary works is the use of a first-person narrator,...

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Works with the same theme

The theme of alienation caused by depression has been explored by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Wider Contexts Love).

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Moreover, read here our presentation of other works by Sylvia Plath.

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