Bell Jar


Bell Jar Essay, Research Paper

The Bell Jar is about a young reporter, Esther Greenwood, and her life during an

all expenses paid trip to New York in the 1950?s. Esther won the month long

trip in a fashion magazine, one of only twelve winners. She is jealous of all

the rich girls staying at the all female hotel, especially since it is her first

time out of her humble home in New England. In the presence of all the upper

class girls, she feels out of place and unwelcome. While in New York, Esther

meets Doreen, a social butterfly with no definite personality. While on their

way to a party, they meet a man by the name of Lenny who invites them to have

drinks ? they end up bypassing the party. Lenny?s friend is obviously into

Esther, and Lenny is interested in Doreen. Lenny?s friend?s feelings are

unwanted, and Esther spends most of the night trying to get away from him.

Eventually Esther and Doreen are invited to Lenny?s house, and Doreen

convinces Esther to go with her. As things begin to heat up between Lenny and

Doreen, Esther feels out of place and wants to go back to the hotel, but is

unable to because of Doreen?s insisting that she must stay to stop any

?funny business? from ocurring. Eventually, Doreen invites the ?funny

business? and Esther walks all the way back to her hotel, on the other side of

the city. After that night, Esther decides that she won?t be close to Doreen

and begins to focus her attention on a calmer person with higher goals ?

Betsy. After eating as much as possible at a banquet held by the magazine

they?re interning for, Esther and Betsy become ill and vomit everywhere until

they nearly passed out. When Esther wakes up, she finds out that everyone got

food poisoning from the food at the banquet except for Doreen, who was

socializing with Lenny at the time. Doreen tells Esther that the crab everyone

ate had too much bacteria growing in it. Even though Esther is too ill to even

walk around, she enjoys the time in which she doesn?t have to socialize with

others, just sit around and do nothing at all ? which is what she really wants

to do anyway.

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