Examples Of Rebirth In The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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Mahatma Ghandi once stated, “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” For a major part of Ghandi’s statement, he is right because when we fall asleep we are not guaranteed to wake up, as anything can occur in our sleep. Thus, when the sun rises and we are awakened, reality sets in and it is the beginning of a new day. Rebirth is one of the many themes delineated within the novel written by Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. The term rebirth, also known as reincarnation, basically refers to what is the process of being born again or reincarnated. Esther is mentally unstable as she encounters many deep thought that cause her to attempt to commit suicide. Suddenly, Esther is revitalized onto a better…show more content…
The existence of rebirth in this novel greatly influences Esther and the actions she sometimes considers attempting that can end her life. In The Bell Jar, Plath communicates the motif of rebirth through many scenarios and encounter within Esther’s life. Rebirth signifies various aspects that involve being reborn in a non-literal way but rather having a renewed mind and personality to carry positive characteristics. Suicide attempts, the emptiness of conventional expectations that Esther feels at times, resulting with the inner peace found within Esther are the different scenarios in which rebirth is portrayed through suffering in The Bell Jar. As stated previously it is one of the main themes depicted in the novel. “I felt purged and holy and ready for a new life. “ (Plath, 48) This specific part in chapter 4 when Esther has had food poisoning from eating caviar and crabmeat enhances the theme of rebirth. Esther has been food poisoned, as well as the other ladies, and she falls unconscious and then falls asleep for a period of time due to the injection the doctor has given her. As her friend Doreen wakes her up and tells her how she almost died, Esther responds with that line. This signifies how Esther now feels renewed

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