Book Talk: The Bell Jar and Life Realizations

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

How long has it been since the last time I published an entry under the "book talk" tag? Yeah that's right. Two months have passed and I finally reached the end of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

I first knew about Sylvia Plath and her work when I stumbled upon a comic illustration of "The Fig Tree" from Zen Pencils (one of my favorite websites ever). The comic instantly captured my attention. Not only was it a good illustration of Plath's words, but I also found it very relatable. Then John Green mentioned Sylvia Plath in his book, Paper Towns. Margo Roth Spieglman, a character from the book, was reading The Bell Jar. Since then, I was interested of getting a copy of it. Turns out, a blogger friend of mine had one and I immediately called dibs on it haha!

Just like in the previous entries, here are some quotes from the book that I totally relate with:

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.

I've been let down so many times because of the expectations I've placed on people. There was this time in high school when my parents told me about their plans for a summer vacation. They talked about the places we'd visit, the resort we would stay in, and the fun things we'd do. The way they talked about it felt like they were so sure about it.

A few days after, I asked my mom about it. All she did was shrug her shoulders and said, "Let's put it off this time. I'm sure there's plenty of time for that in the future."  

Imagine my frustration haha! I expected so much from them but they disappointed me in the end. I gave them the silent treatment for a few days to show them how disappointed I was haha!

Kidding aside, it's pretty hard to not expect something from other people. It's hard to save yourself from disappointment because things doesn't always happen the way you want it to be. I think, based on what I have experienced so far (and yes including the "failed summer vacation" that I mentioned above haha!), it's best to not let disappointment affect you so much. Shrug it off and move on! 

When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.
”Oh, sure you know,” the photographer said.
”She wants,” said Jay Cee wittily, “to be everything.

One reason why this book instantly captured my interest was that Esther Greenwood, the main character, is a lot like me. These lines in the book spoke to me on an emotional level.

There's so many things I wanted to do with my live; so many things I want to become; and so many different paths I can take. Choosing one path to take or one career to pursue is an ordeal. That's why I added the word "dreamer" to my blog's name in the first place! I don't know exactly why, but sometimes I think I wasn't meant to "settle". 

The Bell Jar is a compelling read. Each chapter was well-written. Though there were some parts where I was a bit lost in the timeline of the story, but it didn't matter. As I've said, Esther Greenwood is a relatable character. To be honest, a part of me is wondering if I would end up like Esther in the end; burning bright now and fading out later. 

Anyway, have you read this book? If so, I'd be happy to read what you think about it! Feel free to sound off below :)

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