Fact or Fiction?

The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath is an excellent example of a fiction novel that is not entirely made up. While reading this novel and drawing from events that occurred in Sylvia’s life you can see how she showcased some of her true feelings and experiences into the novel, making it truly come to life.

During the first half of the novel the protagonist, Esther is working for a magazine company in New York, completing a summer internship position. Similar to the way Sylvia won a guest editorship in 1953. Throughout the novel Esther is also struggling with mental health problems, just as how Sylvia had been dealing with mental health issues for a long time. Ending her life in suicide, just as Esther tried to accomplish in the novel.

Sylvia Plath is an amazing example of one of my favourite authors, I appreciate an author that is willing to let everyone be aware of the issues they are encountering. It is important for a person to be able to share what’s going on in their life, especially if it is causing them to be unwell or mentally unstable. Mental health is a large issue we have to encounter in our modern living. I think we need to find a better way to deal with mental illness so that people like Sylvia don’t have to voice their problems through a novel.

This novel was an eye opening event in my life, it will forever change the way i read. I now know it is important to look at the background of the author who wrote the novel, it could bring a whole new perspective to the story.


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