The Bell Jar Themes & Motifs

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Role of Women in 1950s America

One of the themes in The Bell Jar is the role of women in 1950s America. This was a time when women were expected to marry and take care of the home. A young girl of Esther’s age was meant to be interested in making a suitable match by choosing a husband who could take care of her and provide for a family.

Esther, however, is not sure of what she wants. She is unable to make any kind of decision as to whether she wants to marry and have children or if she wants a career. Her unstable mental state does not allow her to hold much interest in which direction her life turns. Esther contemplates the possibility of becoming a well-known author such as her benefactress, Philomena Guinea or an important and successful editor such as her boss...

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