Eleanor can test the strengths of a woman.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said,”A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Roosevelt uses an analogy to explain that a tough and difficult situation can test the strengths of a woman. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar analyzes the compelling observation of a late adolescent prodigy divulging the pressures faced by intelligent women who sporn the stereotypical wifely role. The character Esther Greenwood is very similar to Plath herself in many ways, from their mental state to their inexperience in society. The way Esther views love and marriage contrast many other women’s views in the 50s. At the tour of the UN, Esther thinks,”There I went again, building up a glamorous picture of the man who would love me passionately the minute he met me, and all out of a few prosy nothings.” Esther notices that men tend to be attr Esther characterizes herself to be a neurotic person. When Esther chatting with Buddy in the sanatorium, she said,”If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell.” Esther wants Plath emphasizes her expressions of cynicism, satire, and pathos by using a plethora amount of rhetorical devices in her book. For example, Plath writes,” It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs… I’m stupid about executions… The idea of being electrocuted makes me sick…” Plath uses this allusion to draw connections and make a reference to the Rosenbergs. By using the allusion of the electrocution, Plath is able to express her self-doubt of the effectiveness of shock therapy later in the novel. Based on Plath’s observations on electrocution and electroshock therapy, Plath incorporates her cynicism onto Esther, which adds more pressure towards Esther. The role of Professor Irwin is to help Esther make a crucial step towards adulthood and independence by losing her virginity. When Esther is at Irwin’s apartment, she thinks to herself,”Ever since I’d learned about the corruption of Buddy Willard my virginity weighed like a millstone around my neck… I had been defending it for five years and I was sick of it.” Esther disagrees with the idea that men have sexual freedom while the women have to remain pure until marriage. The pressure of conforming to society’s social standards for women stresses Esther out and worsens her depression. Ms. Greenwood disposes the social standards for women and loses her virginity in order to escape the pressures of becoming a stereotypical wife. The Bell Jar is novel thats immersed with Plath’s self-absorbed feelings.