The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

fiction classics feminism dark emotional reflective medium-paced

294 pages | first published 1963

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Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In he...
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Moods

dark 87%
emotional 69%
reflective 63%
sad 60%
challenging 27%
tense 18%
funny 11%
hopeful 5%
inspiring 4%
mysterious 3%
informative 2%
adventurous 1%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 63%
slow 26%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 91% | A mix: 6% | Plot: 1% | N/A: 0%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 41% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 47% | Yes: 27% | No: 24% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 84% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 4% | Yes: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

Average rating

4.11