The Bell Jar Characters

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Esther Greenwood

Esther is a young college student who feels the pressure to succeed. She has had several successes in college and feels that this is the best time in her life and it will only go downhill. She is spending a month in New York interning at a fashion magazine with some of the best and brightest college students. Esther is able to see more of the world and begins to view the world in a sexual way. She sees the world as those who are virgins and those having sex. She wants to be one of the ones having sex, but she is also repulsed by the thought. She escapes being sexually assaulted and this leaves a rift inside of her.

When she learns that she is not accepted into the summer writing program that she has been coveting, she becomes distraught and begins spiraling into depression...

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