How would you describe the setting of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath?

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New York in the 1950s is shown to be a location that only serves to heighten Esther's feelings of something not being quite right about herself, as she is not able to slip in to the role that society demands of her, and also she expects of herself in many ways. This disjointed sense that the narrator experiences in comparison with her surroundings is highlighted very early on in the novel, as the following quote suggests:

I knew something was wrong with me that...

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