© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

Sex Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #10

Then the stories of blood-stained bridal sheets and capsules of red ink bestowed on already deflowered brides floated back to me [...] I couldn't possibly be a virgin any more. I smiled into the dark. I felt part of a great tradition. (19.65)

Esther believes that she has undergone the "spectacular change" she expected when she lost her virginity (see Quote #7 above). Instead of being empowered by her experience, however, Esther's sexual encounter leaves her with a dangerous hemorrhage and she needs to be taken to the emergency room, further underscoring the connection between sex and violence in the novel.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement