The Bell Jar
Three-Act Plot Analysis
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.