JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2010, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (4): 91-94.

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The Tragic Life in The Bell Jar: A Feminist Reading of Sylvia Plath’s Autobiographical Novel THE BELL JAR

ZHENG Li   

  1. School of Foreign Languages, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
  • Received:2009-05-18 Online:2010-08-20 Published:2010-10-14

Abstract:

The autobiographical novel of Sylvia Plath, THE BELL JAR, is saturated with various novel and unique images. By analyzing these recurring images such as the bell jar, infant and images associated with death from the feminist perspective, this paper intends to disclose the theme implicated in the text: the relentless social reality in which the talented women get lost and broke down mentally under the great pressure of social conventions. It calls on the women who are still living in the stifling atmosphere of the bell jar to take control of their destiny, strive for the equal rights and freedom enjoyed by men, and search for the realization of self-value.

Key words: image, theme, bell jar, feminism, self-value

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