Summary

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath tells the story of Esther, a young woman who has recently finished her first year in college. She moves to her mother’s house in Boston, who sends her to a psychiatrist called Doctor Gordon.

In Doctor Gordon’s office, Esther remembers the reasons why her mother sent her there: she has not shown any interest in personal hygiene for the past three weeks and she has not slept for several days. Esther hopes that Doctor Gordon will find a diagnosis for her state and help her get better. However, she is taken aback when Doctor Gordon asks her about her opinion regarding her condition.

Esther becomes frustrated and begins to resent Doctor Gordon, whom she sees as too satisfied with himself, with his good looks and with h...

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