Dramatization of The Bell Jar
Select a few of the main scenes from the novel and create dramatic scripts to depict these scenes. Practice and perform these for the class.
Biographical Author Study
The Bell Jar is fictionalized novel about a period in Sylvia Plath's real life. Read a series of articles and interviews with Plath. Compare and contrast the actual events in her life with those in Esther's story.
Reading of Plath's Poetry
Sylvia Plath was best known for her poetry. Select several of Plath's major poems (use her major collections: The Colossus and Ariel). Read and discuss the poems then compare and contrast their characters, themes, and topics with content from The Bell Jar.
Investigation of Shock Therapy
Read a series of non-fiction articles about shock therapy. Compare and contrast information from the articles with Esther's experiences. Discuss the appropriateness of this treatment for Esther's condition...
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