The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

People\'s lives are shaped through their
success and failure in their personal relationships with each other. The
author Sylvia Plath demonstrates this in the novel, The Bell Jar. This
is the direct result of the loss of support from a loved one, the lack
of support and encouragement, and lack of self confidence and insecurity
in Esther\'s life in the The Bell Jar. It was shaped through her success
and failures in her personal relationships between others and herself.

Through life, we often lose someone we
loved and cared deeply for and supported us through life. This is demonstrated
by the loss of a loved one when Esther\'s father died when she was nine.

"My German speaking father, dead since I was nine came from some manic-depressive
hamlet in the Prussia." (Sylvia Plath page 27.) Esther\'s father\'s death
had showed that she was in need of a father figure for love, support and
to act as a model for her life. Esther grew up with only the one influence
of a parent, her mother.

Often times the loss of a friendship can
be a great loss of support and confidence within our lives because we can
lose them forever. This is demonstrated when Buddy Willard Esther\'s boyfriend
break up. "He told me that his annual fall chest x-ray showed he had caught
tuberculosis...in the Adirondacks" (Sylvia Plath pg. 58.) Buddy and Esther
break up due to the fact that he was not very honest with her in many ways.

He did not have the courage to admit to a certain side of his character
and not only that Buddy was diagnosed with an illness but he had other
relationships aside from Esther. Therefore Esther experienced another loss
of a loved one.

Within life, we gain the support from someone
that helps us get through life but often times leaves us when we need them
most. This is proven when Doreen; Esthers co-worker at the modeling magazine
begins to lose contact with Esther through life "Doreen is dissolving...
none of them mean anything anymore" (Sylvia Plath pg.17) Doreen begins
to lose contact with Esther throughout life, just when Doreen had opened
new doors to her. Esther was coming through a very difficult time in life,
when Doreen started drifting away from Esther. Once again, Esther experienced
the loss and support of a great friend and advocate.

Ones\' life is made up by framework. You
gather friends and folks together and in this framework it clarifies your
identity. You articulate and express opinions. You articulate and express
opinions. In framework and talk, you develop behavior patterns and priorities
and define framework in terms and languages. Esther did all this in her
life. But then she forgot who she was. She forgot her framework of reference
and she talks about success and failures and despair.

Individuals, need encouragement and support
from loves ones to guide one through life. This is seen in the lack of
support and encouragement displayed when Esther\'s mother fails to support
and encourage Esther with her aspirations. No matter what Esther had wanted
to do with her life, her Mother had always wanted her to learn the skills
of shorthand because she would always have that skill in her life and also
that was the one thing her Mother had experienced in life. As a result,
her Mother failed to enhance Esther with her aspirations that she wanted
from life.

We need the sustenance and assurance from
not only loved ones in life, but also from others. This is demonstrated
when Jay Cee, Esther\'s present boss asked Esther what she wanted to do
with her life. Esther did not have any solid idea as to what she wanted
to do with her life. "You\'ll never get anywhere like that." (Sylvia Plath
page 27) Esther did not know what she especially wanted with her life.

Jay Cee stated to Esther that not having an idea of what she wants, will
not get her very far because Esther is lacking a few skills. Consequently,

Esther lacked the support and helpfulness from her friend and colleague.

Throughout life one also needs the motivation
and provisions from those that influence one\'s lives. This is demonstrated
by Esther\'s Class Dean who upheld Esther through her high school years.

"I had a way of persuading...interesting experiment." (Sylvia Plath page

29.) Her Class Dean supported Esther in her way of thinking and her thrive
for learning which in turn, she was awarded for her learning by receiving
many scholarships. Therefore, Esther had the support of her Class Dean
in