The Bell Jar Symbols & Objects

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Crevice in the cellar

The crevice in the cellar is where Esther hid away after taking a large number of sleeping pills to kill herself. She barricaded the entrance and waited for the pills to take effect.

The Bell Jar

Esther sees the bell jar as madness. She sees herself as trapped under it, and it skews her outlook on the world around her and keeps her from interacting with the people around her as well.

Caplan

Caplan is the building where Esther is housed when she first arrives at the private mental hospital. The patients here require more care.

Walton, Dr. Gordon’s private hospital

Esther is sent to Dr. Gordon’s private hospital for electroshock therapy. She has a painful experience and refuses to go back.

Belsize

Belsize is the building where patients who are responding well to treatment are placed. They have more freedom...

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