Women in Distress in Literature

4 April 2015
An analysis of two women in distress in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Elizabeth Smart’s “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.”

This paper analyzes Esther Greenwood’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept and Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.” In particular, the paper examines the two women in the stories and their problems in society. One may wonder, the paper proposes, to what extent people are responsible for their own happiness in life. In the case of Esther Greenwood and the woman from “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept,” the paper proves, the different circumstances surrounding their distress play a crucial role in determining their emotional outcomes.
“She feels that Doreen corrupts her and rejects her as a friend, AI decided I would watch her and listen to what she said, but deep down I would have nothing to do with her. Deep down, I would be loyal to Betsy and her innocent friends. It was Betsy I resembled at heart.”
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