“The Role Models of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar”
Throughout the novel Esther Greenwood has trouble deciding who she wants to be. Her search for an identity leads her to look at her female role models. These women are not ideal in her eyes. Although they represent a part of what she herself wants to be, Esther finds it impossible to decide which one she is to become. Jay Cee, Mrs. Willard, Philomena Guinea,
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The way each of the women is portrayed reveals a lot about Esther’s perspective. Esther stresses over the choices she feels like she has to make. Her role models contribute to the decisions that she ultimately must make. They don’t contribute the way Esther thinks they intended to but rather by making the decision impossible they have collectively contributed to Esther leaving the role models behind and seeking out her own identity.