In Chapter 18 of The Bell Jar, Esther goes to the doctor to have a 'fitting'. This means that she wants to be measured for a diaphragm, a type of IUD,
Also question is, who is Irwin in The Bell Jar?
Irwin, a mathematics professor Esther meets at Harvard's Widener Library, is the not-so-lucky man that Esther loses her virginity to. Esther seems to find him an acceptable sexual partner not out of any real physical attractiveness, but because of his apparent intelligence.
Also, what does a bell jar mean?
Enclosing objects, containing gases or a vacuum. A bell jar is a glass jar, similar in shape to a bell, and can be manufactured from a variety of materials (ranging from glass to different types of metals). Bell jars are often used in laboratories to form and contain a vacuum.
What happens at the end of the bell jar?
Esther attempts suicide, but is saved in the nick of time.After a few hesitant attempts at suicide, Esther decides to end it all by crawling into a hollow underneath her house and swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills.
Why did Joan kill herself in the bell jar?
It is this mindset mixed with the childhood trauma and perfectionist attitude that causes her descent that leads her to attempt suicide. This novel gives an account of the treatment of mental health in the 1950s. Plath speaks through Esther's narrative to describe her experience of her mental health treatment.