Bell Jar Study Guides

  • The Bell Jar


    The Bell Jar is a novel by Sylvia Plath about Esther Greenwood, a young woman who moves to New York city for a summer internship. The book chronicles her progressing state of depression, her attempts to continue writing fiction, her mistrust of a psychiatrist, Dr. Gordon and her attempted suicides. After swallowing sleeping pills, Esther is found days later, still alive and then committed to a mental asylum where she receives electroconvulsive therapy. The "bell jar" becomes a metaphor for suffocating depression.