What terms does Esther use to describe herself? How does she compare or contrast herself with Doreen and others in New York City, or with Joan and other patients in the hospital?

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Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, takes center stage in this novel of self-discovery and alienation. The reader’s introduction to Esther instantly creates a strong juxtaposition between the two worlds she inhabits: though she is a young woman with an enviable lifestyle working at a trendy magazine and with a social life to match, internally she feels like an inanimate object, a "numb trolleybus."

How Esther describes herself encapsulates the main theme of the novel, which is Esther’s identity, or lack of identity for that matter. Like any young person, The Bell Jar ’s protagonist is looking for role models all around...

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