In Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, explain the importance of the "bell jar" as it relates to Esther's life and what it symbolizes.

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The "bell jar" is a symbol that appears throughout the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and it is a metaphor that Esther uses to explain how she feels suffocated by the world. The bell jar is used in laboratories to create vacuums and, in Plath's novel, symbolizes society and the suffocating limitations it imposes; the difficulties of life, the uncertainties of life. There are many quotes that we can analyze where she mentions the bell jar.

Esther says, 

"...wherever I sat -- on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok -- I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air."

The bell jar is a...

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