The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis
For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.
Esther experiences a series of crises in the summer before her senior year in college that lead her to contemplate suicide.
After a few half-hearted attempts at suicide, Esther attempts to kill herself by swallowing a bottleful of sleeping pills, but she fails.
Esther undergoes treatment at a psychiatric institution. The novel ends as she prepares for her exit interview at the institution.