The Bell Jar details the life of Esther Greenwood, from her stay in New York during an internship to her slow spiral into depression as she struggles with her societal image and presence in life. Esther, a young college student, explores and questions her place in the world amidst her career and new life. This novel contains heavy themes of the social roles of women and femininity as well as mental illness. Well crafted, The Bell Jar is able to portray the life of a woman stuck inside a cage of societal expectations. Readers interested in memoirs and realism in stories would enjoy this book greatly.