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For example, Esther's mother gives her an wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the article called "In Defense of Chastity", written by a same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. Friedan elaborates on this stupefying uncertainty that According to this notion, being a mother and a wife is a young woman is plagued. In strong. Esther feels inadequate but she is not alone in woman in the fifties is linked to her editorship in that. The Bell Jar February. This is done by believes that this ambivalence in girls results from a men and women who disseminate the feminine lack of role models who can offer them promising mystique. The Bell Jar November, Bantam.
And this is the answer Esther tries to figure out at a time when the boundaries between the domestic sphere and the outside world are clearly defined for women. In a The novel received good reviews; it was critically Friedanian approach, this paper studies the acclaimed and became a best-seller. It was published sociocultural factors that lead to the central issue of again with Plath's name on the cover.
At the time, this the novel: Consequently, The Bell Jar and Mystique of the s between and , Plath's British publisher, Faber, sold over copies of the novel cited in In , Betty Friedan, known as one of the greatest Gill, , p. Plath herself that many American women were facing in the fifties, underlines the confessional and semi-autobio- namely, "the problem that has no name" graphical nature of the novel when she calls it an , p.
In her book, Friedan claims that "autobiographical apprenticework" cited in Perloff, American women are haunted by the feeling that , p. Bawer adds to the weight of this claim something is wrong but their inability to explain the by stating that in her journals, Plath feels as if she was problem makes them even more restless ibid.
This stuck under the bell jar in Bloom, Ed. Writing is her passion and that has no name". These remarks on opinion, the rush for starting a family severely pregnancy and maternity remind us of Plath's damages women's prospects.
The important exam for women to pass an exam that woman's body is thus defined by her pregnancy would help them get their most prestigious degree yet which gradually gets out of her control. Esther is not ibid. Friedan satirizes this new degree by referring questioning motherhood; rather, she is giving herself to it as "Ph.
When Esther thinks about marriage, she cannot help but admit that The America of the s seems to be under the [i]t would mean getting up at seven and cooking impression that childbirth is a miraculous event [my husband] eggs and bacon and toast and because woman, the symbol of birth and procreation, coffee. Friedan underlines the extremity of this popular belief which embellishes the "feminine Esther does not know if marriage can explain and fulfillment" by noting that "[i]n a New York hospital, define her life and she comes to this conclusion based a woman had a nervous breakdown when she found on the women around her, the women whom she does she could not breastfeed her baby" p.
Buddy not admire as good role models. Friedan challenges Willard, like Dr.
This kind of social and cultural milieu regarding motherhood and childbirth by claiming that promises limited prospects and this explains why in once a woman has a baby, she would put all her thinking about further options a woman is stupefied. Most of the girls that Friedan interviews admit that future plans on hold in order to devote herself to her they are conditioned in a certain way; they are child.
Esther remarks: After that, your husband determines and fills poems any more. So I began to think maybe it your life" cited in Friedan, , p. Esther, too, frowns at this biological essentialism which construes woman as an object of desire and a Esther has the impression that men promote what they vehicle for procreation. In the scene where Esther believe to be beneficial for everyone else. She remarks in the original p.
What Friedan and Plath's that the woman is strapped to a "torture table" and that speaker are trying to suggest is that pregnancy and "[her] stomach stuck up so high I couldn't see her face childbirth with all their hardships, though beautiful, or the upper part of her body at all" BJ, p. Friedan state in which she becomes trapped. This is done by believes that this ambivalence in girls results from a men and women who disseminate the feminine lack of role models who can offer them promising mystique.
The female as an equal to the male is thus alternatives. Esther constantly worries when it comes ignored, and the feminine as an inferior to the to making her own decisions; she wants someone to masculine is emphasized. This metaphor is the embodiment by defamiliarizing the birth process p. In the of her fears; she is in a quandary over her best course birth scene, Esther is shocked at the woman's painful of action.
She is dangling and will remain so unless labor and describes the process "as if it were she finds a way to reach for not one, but as many figs happening for the first time in history" Perloff, ibid. She observes that when the mother finally gives birth I saw my life branching out before me like [a] to the baby, she does not acknowledge that the baby is green fig tree[ From the tip of every a boy, possibly because of the exhaustion, pain, and branch[ When Buddy tells Esther that the woman winked.
Interestingly, after Esther is hospitalized on account of This comparison sheds light on the ambivalence in her mental breakdown, her roommate is a woman the narrator.
Esther shows a distaste for what is called Mrs. Tomolillo, or so she thinks. The woman conventionally expected of woman but at the same has the same name as the one who was in labor in the time she desires what she condemns. This might be birth scene mentioned above.
Esther might be because the heroine of The Bell Jar yearns for love delusional, especially given the state is in, and yet, this and she thinks she can find it in being a wife, and coincidence is significant. It might represent the better still, in motherhood Ghasemi, , p. From this perspective, it could be said that compromises; she accepts these roles "as long as she at the back of her mind Esther thinks a pregnant could still speak from within her deeper self through woman is susceptible to mental breakdown, not only her writing" ibid.
Throughout the novel, Esther is standing on the Esther wonders whether there is any other way of border between denying the norms altogether and giving birth that is less painful but she does not accepting them compliantly. Furthermore, this shows venture to ask Buddy about it.
She does not question that Esther is experiencing a "crisis in the unity of the this norm of society.
She even imagines herself on the self" ibid. There are two sides at war with each other delivery table going under the same agonizing process here: Esther's aspirations as an independent free just to see the baby full of life coming out of her body woman, and her desire to be a wife and a mother. BJ, p. Friedan calls this "true feminine Esther is confused since she has been led to believe fulfillment" p.
Friedan elaborates on this stupefying uncertainty that According to this notion, being a mother and a wife is a young woman is plagued. She claims that few girls every woman's dream as it "fulfills" every aspect of are clear about their plans for the future. In her their needs. The women who live according to this research, she finds out that most college girls do not idea are women "whose greatest ambition has been like to be asked about their future plans; some of them marriage and children" Friedan, p.
This reminds the reader of Esther's neighbor, Dodo Conway, who is about to Esther's indecision results in her starvation as is have her seventh child, and for whom Esther has elaborately explained by Smith , who argues ambivalent feelings.
She admits, "Dodo interested me that "the feeding of young women" is one of the in spite of myself" p. While the growing size of popular trends in the fifties pp. Smith focuses Dodo's family disgusts Esther, she marvels at how on eating moments in the novel to show how easily the other woman has found her place in the "behavioral models" p. That's why at times Esther wishes to same time as they teach her the proper ways of eating. In other words, they give her a lesson in femininity.
What role models do girls have apart from their own mothers?
And yet, these mothers cannot provide their Smith claims that such ambivalent feelings in girls with viable alternatives. Young women have to women are caused by the American society at a time emulate their mothers who have gone to college, held when the country has confusing notions of a job for a short time, and once they were happily domesticity p.
This is particularly reflected married, just gave up their dreams for the long- through advertisements and women's magazines. One wished-for security that a husband could provide. Willard are two significant is familiar especially because she has been its guest- role models whom Esther criticizes.
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Friedan and Plath Interestingly enough, both Betty Friedan and Sylvia Plath went to all- women Smith College and they both published their prominent works in , the works which will later become associated with the second wave of feminism. So, wanting a professional career, higher education or political rights was regarded as unfeminine.
She also blames consumerist society in which an unemployed housewife is an ideal buyer susceptible to the tricks of the advertising industry and seemingly capable of finding her identity in the act of purchasing more things for herself, her family and her household.
The female characters in the novel are depicted precisely in these either-or categories, in accordance with the feminine mystique — they are either career women who have chosen professional life over marriage and motherhood, such as Jay Cee, Dr. Even her abbreviated name, a homonym of initials, sounds masculine, like the pseudonyms women writers — George Eliot, J.
So, in order to succeed in the business world, a woman evidently had to mask her womanhood and to dress, behave and think like a man, and this is precisely what Jay Cee does. Dodo Conway was a Catholic who had gone to Barnard and then married an architect who had gone to Columbia and was also a Catholic.
They had a big, rambling house up the street from us, set behind a morbid facade of pine trees, and surrounded by scooters, tricycles, doll carriages, toy fire trucks, baseball bats, badminton nets, croquet wickets, hamster cages and cocker spaniel puppies — the whole sprawling paraphernalia of suburban childhood.
Dodo raised her six children—and would no doubt raise her seventh. Plath Having become a widow fairly early, she was forced to start working so as to provide for her family since her husband left no insurance, the mistake she could never forgive him. But an English major who knew shorthand was something else again.
Everybody would want her. But Esther disobeys, she does not want just any job, she wants a professional career: Doreen is a southern beauty with realistic views on life and disrespect for the conventions of the s; an uninhibited nonconformist, she begins a casual relationship with Lenny, a disk jockey, without worrying too much about her obligations to the magazine.
Esther finds it difficult to identify herself with either of them: This struggle is reflected in the iconic image of the fig tree and its branches which stand for different futures Esther might have, and it shows her indecisiveness as well—the mores of the time constrained women forcing them to conform to the traditional pattern, to choose between the domestic life and a career, they could not possibly have both. So, confronted with the choice of multiple identities she could assume and the pressure to pick only one of them, it is no wonder that Esther, by nature insecure and melancholic, feels trapped and hopeless: I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.
From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.
Kendall Her inability to reconcile her seemingly conflicting desires with the orthodox modes of behaviour her environment imposes and the fact that she is rejected for the summer course in creative writing with a well-known author eventually lead to a mental breakdown and a suicide attempt, and, consequently, to her being placed in a mental institution where she would undergo electroshock therapy.
Moreover, consent for perpetuating the patriarchal order is obtained through the process of socialisation of the young who are, from an early age, taught to fit their sex roles the distinction between the two roles is believed to rest upon biological differences and their personalities are thus shaped in accordance with their sexual category — males are thought of as active and even aggressive, and females as passive and docile. Millett claims that this value system is intrinsically wrong because it equates culture with nature, i.