How important to The Bell Jar is Esther's sense of loss regarding her father?

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Esther's loss of her father is very significant to the reader's understanding of Esther's mental deterioration and to the connection between Esther and the author of The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical novel, tracing the life of Sylvia Plath through the character of Esther Greenwood. A major life event for the author will impact the protagonist that represents the author just as significantly as the author herself.

Both the events of the plot of The Bell Jar and the characterization of Esther are impacted greatly by the loss of Esther's father. Like the author, Esther lost her father at a very young age; this fact enhances the connection between the two women. Both Esther and Sylvia Plath can be described as young women who never recovered from this early and tragic loss of a parent figure. Like Plath, Esther understands her own feelings of emptiness as a result of her father's death. Despite the early potential identified in both Esther and Plath, the young women...

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