The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
While there's a lot of talk about sex in the book, it's not necessarily steamy. Esther's encounters with men involve some violence (as when Marco the "woman-hater" attacks her) and some humor (as when Buddy strips naked in front of her). In the one sexual scene in the book, no graphic details are given, but we do get a vivid description of Esther's post-coital hemorrhage.