Bachelor of Arts in English
James Tackach, Ph.D.
This thesis delves into the female voices of protagonists in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, mirroring the societal constraints encapsulating women in suffocating “jars.” The influence of second-wave feminism, triggered by women’s dissatisfaction with traditional roles imposed after World War II, provides a backdrop to the narratives. As the 1960s and 1970s witnessed the surge of second-wave feminism, the text explores the challenges women faced in breaking free from these societal constraints. These texts provide insight into the metaphorical jars constraining women during the feminist movement, portraying the evolution of women’s individual agency.
Tosi, Jacqueline, "Shattering The Jars: Exploring Feminist Narratives of Confinement, Agency, and Identity in The Bell far and The Heidi Chronicles" (2023). English Theses. 176.