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Body and Soul – An Autobiographical Study of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Author : Priya Gautam 1 DR. Seema Rathore 2

Date of Publication :17th May 2018

Abstract: THE BELL JAR, the only Novel written by Sylvia Plath contains a deep autobiographical vein to it. On one hand it unveils Plath’s ‘Seemingly Perfect Life’ – her glamorous poetical / literary journey, her expectation, her status in the literary world. On the other it surfaces the theme ‘underlain by grave personal discontinuities’. Esther Greenwood impresses as a symbolic representation of Sylvia Plath’s print heroine. Some critics have pointed out that the title ‘The Bell Jar’ might be a metaphorical exploration for her balanced mind. Esther Greenwood and Sylvia Plath bear many similarities – inability to adapt to the New York city, taking excessive dose of sleeping pills, suicidal tendencies, depressive disorders, recovery after psycho–therapies and many more. Studying thus, the autobiographical co-relation between the two heroines, the present paper proposes to analyze the biographical elements in the novel ‘The Bell Jar’, and Esther’s / Plath’s evolution thus

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